Hinda Mandell conducts research at the intersection of sensational news with private lives. She is the author or editor of five books, among them "Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election" and "Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics." She, along with Juilee Decker of RIT's Museum Studies Program, received a $5,000 grant from the Farash Foundation to publish the book "Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism" with RIT Press. Her award-winning documentary, "The Upside Down Book," chronicled her investigation into the origins of a Mein Kampf that her great uncle, a Jewish-American soldier, brought home from fighting overseas during WWII.
Mandell is the former editor in chief of Boston's Jewish Advocate, where she directed news coverage of religious affairs and their cultural implications. She is a former features editor at the Bennington Banner in Vermont. She began her reporting career at the North Adams Transcript in Massachusetts, where she covered the cops and courts beat.