Putting it Together: A Presidential Administration Takes Shape

Ruth Mandel (Political Science)

It's January, 2017; the election is over and a new President is poised to take the oath of office and get to work. What happens now? In this seminar, we'll explore the birth of a new administration in real time, watching as it takes shape and exploring questions such as: What happens during a presidential transition? Who's on the new president's team both before and in the new administration? What do inaugural events signal about the president and the presidency? What, if anything, can get done in the initial weeks of a new presidency? How does the new president establish and build relationships with Congress, the media, and the American people? We'll look at past presidencies for context, but focus chiefly on the 45th POTUS.

Ruth B. Mandel is Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, a division of Rutgers University dedicated to the study of American politics and government. Professor Mandel is also Board of Governors Professor of Politics at Rutgers. Since 1995, she has led Eagleton’s development of initiatives in youth political engagement, immigrant political behavior, and the study of governors and state executive leadership. During her tenure, Eagleton's educational programs for Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students have expanded, and the Institute has enhanced its state and national outreach with visible public programs and internet communications.

In 1971, Ruth Mandel came to Rutgers as a co-founder of Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). As CAWP’S director from 1971 through 1994, she built the nation’s premier research and education center for the study of women’s changing political roles and status.  Currently a CAWP Senior Scholar, Mandel continues to teach and write 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." The author of numerous publications about women in politics, her In the Running: The New Woman Candidate was the first book-length account of women campaigning for office.

During three administrations (1991 to 2006), Mandel held a presidential appointment on the governing Council of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Named Vice Chairperson of the Council by President Clinton in 1993, a position she held for twelve years, Mandel served on the Museum's executive committee and academic committee, chaired its strategic planning and education committees as well as the group tasked with proposing a governing structure for the new Museum. She also led the process to create the Museum’s Committee on Conscience, which was established in 1996 with Mandel as its founding chair. 

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01:090:101 section 42 index 05835