Ruth B. Mandel is Board of Governors Professor of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Since 1995, she has been Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, the unit of Rutgers University that explores state and national politics and government through research and education and links the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.
From 1971 through 1994, Mandel developed and directed Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), where she remains affiliated as a Senior Scholar. Mandel teaches and writes about leadership, with emphasis on U.S. women's political history, women as political candidates and officeholders, women's political networks, and the "gender gap." She is the author of numerous publications about women's changing political roles.
Professor Mandel served as a member of the board of the Charles H. Revson Foundation from 1999-2009. Her service has also included membership on the board of the National Council for Research on Women; the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy; Princeton University's Center for Jewish Life; the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women; and various editorial boards.
As an observer and analyst of American politics and emerging trends in leadership, she speaks to a wide range of community, civic and academic audiences.
Ruth B. Mandel holds a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Connecticut. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Chatham College in 1998 and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from Georgian Court University in 2006.