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Remembering Ruth B. Mandel

Ruth B. Mandel 
1938 - 2020

ruth mandel imageThe 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
Academic Director

Karen Small
Managing Director

Obituary in The New York Times

Rutgers Today in Memoriam

Message from University President, Robert Barchi