Dr. Manning teaches GERO 6980 and is the faculty advisor to MA students in Gerontology. She has been a member of Concordia's faculty since 2013. Prior to CUC, Dr. Manning was a Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2013; The Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development/Department of Sociology at Duke University. 

Dr. Manning's research and teaching agendas reflect her commitment to the interdisciplinary exploration of aging in the United States. As a social gerontologist, she investigates complex and pressing issues and problems related to aging, health, and well-being through independent research that integrates the perspectives and methodologies of gerontology, sociology, and women’s studies. Specifically, her research focuses on resilience with related interests in religion, health and gender.


  • PhD, Social Gerontology - Miami University; Oxford, OH
  • MGS, Master of Gerontological Studies - Miami University; Oxford, OH
  • BA, Centre College; Danville, KY

Academic and Professional Highlights 

Professional Memberships

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Association for Anthropology and Gerontology


  • “Navigating hardships in old age: Exploring the relationship between spirituality and resilience in later life.” Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 568-575, 2013.

  • “Spirituality as a Lived Experience: Exploring the Essence of Spirituality in Late Life." International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 75(2):95-113, 2012.

  • "The Importance of Spirituality to Extreme Longevity: Explorations into the Lives of Centenarians," (with J. Leek, and M.E. Radina). Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 24(4), 345-359, 2012.

  • “Articulating the Ineffable: Explorations Into the Spiritual Lives of Old Women.” Journal Of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24(3), 179-20, 2012.

  • “Experiences from pagan women: A closer look at croning rituals.” Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1),102-118, 2012.

  • "Globalizing Gerontology Education: Current practices and perceptions for gerontology education in the United States," (with S. Mwangi, T. Yamashita, H. Ewen, S. Kunkel). Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 30, 198-217, 2012.

  • "Experiencing the Third Age: The perspective of qualitative inquiry," (with G. Rowles). In: Carr, D. C. & Komp, K.S. (eds.)." Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age: Implications and Future Steps. Springer Publications, pp. 147-166, 2011.

  • “Give me a boa and some bling!’” Red Hat Society members commanding presence through ritual dress and appearance in the public sphere, (with M.E. Radina, A. Lynch, M. Stalp, M.). In Bobel, C. & Kwan, S. (eds). Embodied resistance: Challenging the norms, breaking the rules. Vanderbilt University Press, pp. 67-77, 2010.