Ruth B. Mandel
1938 - 2020
The Bildner Center mourns the passing of Ruth B. Mandel, Board of Governors Professor of Politics, along with the Rutgers community and with her family.
When she was an infant, Ruth and her parents escaped Europe aboard the SS St. Louis, the infamous ship that was denied entry into Cuba and the United States in 1939 and was forced to turn back to Europe.
Ruth devoted her life and scholarship to promoting democracy and empowering women in politics. She helped found and direct the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics before leading the Eagleton Institute of Politics with distinction for nearly twenty-five years.
Deeply supportive of the new Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers, founded in 1996, Professor Mandel served on the advisory committee to shape its Holocaust Resource Center’s mission to educate teachers. She also served on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Council by Presidential appointment, and as the founding chair of its Committee on Conscience.
Her guiding hand and wise counsel will be greatly missed.
Professor Nancy Sinkoff