Christel J. Manning, Ph.D.

Christel J. Manning, Ph.D.


Manning was born in southern California and raised in Germany. She has traveled all over Europe and the United States and more recently India and Turkey. She currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and daughter.

Christel Manning’s book from NYU Press, Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents are Raising their Children, was named a 'Top Ten Most Influential Books of 2015’.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Doctorate and Masters degree in Religious Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara

Teaching Responsibilities

    She teaches the introductory course in Religious Studies, as well as electives on women in world religions, religion and sexuality, cults and sects, and Eastern religions.

Research Interests & Grants

    Her research areas include the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality; the sociology of new or marginal religious movements; and, most recently, the study of those unaffiliated with religion.

Publications and Presentations

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Theology and Religious Studies
    Academic Bldg HC129
    College of Arts and Sciences
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