Ruth B. Mandel

Board of Governors Professor of Politics Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics; Senior Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics

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Ruth B. Mandel, a founder of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) in 1971, was its director until January 1995. Currently she is director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She remains associated with CAWP as senior scholar, teaching and writing 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, including In the Running: The New Woman Candidate, the first book-length account of women’s experiences as candidates for political office. Mandel earned her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.