Christel J. Manning, Ph.D.
Christel Manning has been a member of the department since 1995, served as its chair 2001-2004, and directed its graduate program 2004-2009. She has chaired the university's Committee on Rank and Tenure, co-founded the Women Mentoring Women program, and served on many committees dedicated to the academic life at the university.
Dr. Manning’s research interests include the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality; the sociology of new or marginal religious movements; and, most recently, the dramatic rise of the so-called religious “nones” (people with no religion). Her book from NYU Press, Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents are Raising their Children, was named a “Top Ten Most Influential Book of 2015” and won the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. She currently has a Templeton Foundation grant to study meaning making narratives among non-religious individuals facing the end of life.
Manning was born in southern California, raised in Germany and currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and daughter. She has traveled in Europe and the United States and more recently India and Turkey. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and rowing.
Degrees and Certifications
- PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
- MA, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
- BA, Economics, Tufts University
- Understanding Religion
- Women in World Religions
- Religion and Sexuality
- Cults, Sects, and New Religions
- Eastern Religions