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Maud Mandel

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Maud Mandel

President and Professor of History, Williams College
Maud Mandel

Maud S. Mandel, Williams' 18th president, earned her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1989 and her master's degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1998, respectively. President Mandel has engaged the Williams community in articulating a vision for the college's future through a strategic planning effort involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, families, and friends. She has advanced educational work at Williams, from major grants to important conversations about the role of technology and the creative arts in a liberal arts education. In addition, she has encouraged a culture of shared, community-wide responsibility for diversity, equity, and inclusion work and continued Williams' investment in the sustainability of its built environment. President Mandel is also an accomplished historian, whose scholarship looks at how policies and practices of inclusion and exclusion in 20th-century France have affected religious and ethnic minorities, most notably Jews, Armenians, and Muslim North Africans. She has explored these themes in publications including In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France (Duke University Press, 2003) and Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2014). She was also a co-editor of Colonialism and the Jews (Indiana University Press, 2017). Her scholarship has been recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society, among others.