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.


Degrees

  • 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

Publications:

  • “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.