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Jennifer Mandel

Jennifer Mandel serves as Associate Director of Assessment in UNE's Office of the Provost and an adjunct assistant lecturer in the History & Philosophy department.  She teaches Human Traditions, United States history, and African American history, and writes on the history of African Americans in Los Angeles, California.



University of New Hampshire



Rutgers University - Newark



California State University, Northridge



Current Research

Dr. Mandel is currently working on The Coveted Westside, a book manuscript (under contract with the University of Nevada Press) that explores the African American effort in twentieth-century Los Angeles, California to migrate from the urban, working class Eastside (or what became known as “South Central”) to the suburban, middle-class Westside to gain equal access to the city.

Selected Publications


Review of Simmons, LaKisha Michelle, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans. H-Afro-Am, H-Net Reviews.


“Setting the Record Straight: Almena Lomax, the Los Angeles Tribune, and a Lifelong Passion for
Racial Justice and the Written Word,” Southern California Quarterly 98, no. 1.


Contributed to the chapters, “World War II” and “The Affluent Society.” In The American Yawp: A
Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook
, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright.

Funded Grants

Emory University, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Fellowship, 2014
Mount Washington College, Faculty Development Fund, 2013
Henry E. Huntington Library, Haynes Foundation Fellow, 2012 (awarded in 2011)
University of New Hampshire, Dimond Library, Special Collections, Assistantship, 2008-2009
----------, Graduate School, Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
----------, History Department, Fellowship in Modern American History, 2007-2008 (declined)
----------, Graduate School, Travel Grant (2), 2007, 2008
----------, Graduate School, Summer T.A. Fellowship (2), 2006, 2007
Henry E. Huntington Library, W. M. Keck Fellowship, 2006
Historical Society of Southern California/Haynes Research Grant, 2006
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Fishwick Travel Grant, 2006


Jennifer Mandel



Associate Director of Assessment

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer, History

Biddeford Campus

(207) 602-2980

On Campus