Concordia University



Kimberley Manning, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-43 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2372

Specializing in Chinese politics, women and politics, and the rights of transgender children and youth, Kimberley Manning analyzes family ties and politics through the lens of feminist theory. Dr. Manning is currently participating on two SSHRC-funded projects: one working with parent advocates of transgender youth and a second study with transgender youth in Quebec. She is also the faculty lead on C-FAR (Critical Feminist Activism and Research), a Faculty of Arts and Science-funded initiative to improve equity and diversity at Concordia through social action research projects. Dr. Manning received her doctorate from the University of Washington (2003), spent 2003-2004 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, and has previously held grants from SSHRC and FQRSC. Dr. Manning is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.


PhD (University of Washington)

Research interests

Chinese Politics, Women and Politics, Social Movements, LGBTQ rights, and Social Policy Reform.

Teaching activities

POLI 202       Introduction to Political Science

POLI 335       Politics of China

POLI 487D     State and Society in China

WSDB 498     Feminist Perspectives on State and Family

POLI 486P      Global China

WSDB 498     The Feminist University Seminar

POLI 649        Gender and Global Politics

Selected publications


Revolutionary Attachments: Party Families and the Gendered Origins of Chinese State Power” (Book manuscript: forthcoming January 2019 with Cornell University Press, 167,000 words).

Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine.  Co-editor with Felix Wemheuer.  Vancouver: U.B.C. Press, 2011

(Select) Articles and Chapters


“The Politics of Women’s Rights in the PRC (1949-2016)” (Eds.) Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Netina Tan, Global Handbook of Women’s Human Rights (Forthcoming February 2018).


“Affirmation, Access, Autonomy: Canadian Parents Talk Trans Rights” with Akiko Asano, in Elizabeth Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (eds), Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action, New York:Peter Lang, 2017 (2nd Edition, forthcoming 2017).


“Maximising Research Outcomes for Transgender Children and their Families in Canada: Using Social Action and Other Participatory Methods of Research” with Annie Pullen Sansfaçon,in Julie Fish and Kate Kargan (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Inequalities:International Perspectives, Bristol: Bristol University Policy Press, 2015:223-236.


“Introduction”with Elizabeth Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, in Elizabeth Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (eds), Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action, New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

“Embodied Activisms: The Case of the Mu Guiying Brigade,” The China Quarterly, 204, Dec. 2010: 850-869.

“Marxist Maternalism, Memory, and the Mobilization of Women during the GreatLeap Forward,” The China Review 5(1), Spring 2005: 83-110.  Revised and republished as “Communes, Canteens, and Crèches: The Gendered Politics of Remembering the Great Leap Forward,” in Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang (eds.),
Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution,Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press, 2007: 93-118.

“Making a Great Leap Forward? The Politics of Women’s Liberation in Maoist China,”
Gender and History 18(3),November 2006: 565-585.  Republished in Dorothy Ko and Wang Zheng (eds.), Translating Feminisms in China,Blackwell, 2007.

“The Gendered Politics of Woman-work: Re-thinking Radicalism in the Great LeapForward,”
Modern China 32(3), July2006: 349-384.

Opinion Editorials

“Yes, a Law Can Help Prevent Bullying of Transgender Youth,”(with Elizabeth Meyer), Montreal Gazette, June 7, 2017.(Republished in the Huffington Post, Vancouver Province, The Daily Gleaner Fredericton, Miramichi Leader,Waterloo Region Record, and Winnipeg Free Press).

“Trans Rights are Women’s Rights,” (with Julie TempleNewhook), Toronto Star, May 30th,2017 (Republished in The Toronto Star, OurWindsor, Huffington Post, Community News Commons, Waterloo Region Record, Victoria Times Colonist, and the Whitehorse Daily Star).

“Bill C-16 and the Future of Trans Kids,” The Hill Times, May22, 2017.

“Let transgender children in Quebec change their birth certificates,” Montreal Gazette, May 12, 2016.

“One More Hurdle for Transgender Youth,” with RobertLeckey. Montreal Gazette, September 9, 2015.

“China Trip is an Opportunity to Foster Academic Co-operation,” Montreal Gazette, February 6, 2012.

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