Dr. Manning is Associate Professor of Political Science. A former Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (2016-2021), Dr. Manning specializes in gender politics, with a particular focus on China's revolutionary past. Her work also focuses on the contemporary Canadian mobilization of transgender children and youth and their families, in addition to other forms of equity-seeking research projects. Dr. Manning analyzes political life through the lens of feminist theory, with particular attention to the affective enactment of family ties in social movements and state formation. In her work as a university leader and community organizer, Dr. Manning has co-founded a non-profit organization, advocated for the passage of human rights legislation in Quebec City and Ottawa, overseen a three-year student-directed program in institutional equity, and built two large grassroots campaigns to run for political office. She is a 2021 recipient of the Concordia Academic Leadership Award.
Dr. Manning received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2003, focusing her work on the informal and institutional dimensions of gender politics in revolutionary China. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies,Dr. Manning co-edited Eating Bitterness, an exploration of the contested nature of state-society relations during the Great Leap Forward, and authored her forthcoming monograph “The Party Family: Revolutionary Attachments and the Gendered Origins of Chinese State Power,” to be published by Cornell University Press. “The Party Family” is based on interviews with over 160 Chinese farmers and officials as well as extensive consultation of local archives, explaining the astounding successes and devastating losses of social policy reform at the elite and grassroots of the Chinese Communist Party during the 1940s and 1950s. Nearly twenty years in development, parts of the manuscript have appeared in The China Quarterly, Modern China, and the China Review. Dr. Manning currently sits on the Editorial Board of Pacific Affairs, and has reviewed submissions for a wide range of journals including Comparative Politics, Positions, The China Quarterly, The China Journal, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Political Science Review, Modern China, Frontiers of History in China, Twentieth Century China.
Transgender Youth and Children and their Families
In 2011, Dr. Manning began to develop new lines of research about, and services and supports for, transgender children and their families. Under Dr. Manning’s primary direction, two intersecting SSHRC-funded teams hosted the first national conference on transgender children and their families in 2012, bringing together over 70 Canadian academics, parent advocates, health practitioners, and community organizers. The team subsequently published an edited volume based on the conference proceedings, created the high-traffic website GenderCreativeKids.ca, co-founded a non-profit to serve parents of gender non-conforming children, published over half a dozen refereed journal articles, and participated in dozens of media stories and conference presentations. This work led to Dr. Manning presenting before the Canadian Senate as part of the effort to pass Bill C-16, legislation protecting gender identity and gender expression in the Canadian Human Rights Act (now law). Dr. Manning is currently participating in two related SSHRC-funded projects, one working with parent advocates of transgender youth and a second focusing on transgender youth in Quebec. She is also the member of a partnership grant funded by the FRQSC to provide new forms of institutional support for transgender youth in Quebec
Building on her advocacy work with families of transgender children and youth, Dr. Manning launched the Critical Feminist Action and Research (CFAR) project in 2017. CFAR, which was supported financially by the Faculty of Arts and Science, was a three-year pilot project to create more inclusive processes and practices within Concordia. More recently, Dr.Manning has served as an Equity Advisor on a Faculty search within the Faculty of Arts and Science; acted as faculty lead on the 2019 student- and community-led visioning process called “Filipino-Canadian Futures,” which stemmed from her political campaign work; and developed with a McGill colleague a study of the career choices of Quebec students impacted by Law 21, which prohibits public employees from wearing religious symbols. Dr Manning is also a Co-Investigator and EDI-lead on a SSHRC-funded Strengths-Based Nursing Partnership Grant (2020-2023) and Faculty Lead on an Anti-Racist Digital Pedagogy Project
Chinese Politics, Women and Politics, Social Movements, LGBTQ rights, and Social Policy Reform.
“Revolutionary Attachments: Party Families and the GenderedOrigins of Chinese State Power” (Book manuscript: forthcoming with CornellUniversity Press).
Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine.Co-editorwith Felix Wemheuer. Vancouver: U.B.C. Press, 2011.
(Select) Articles and Chapters
"Affirmation and Safety: an Intersectional Analysis of Trans and Nonbinary Youths in Quebec" with Annie Pullen Sansfacon and Morgane Gelly. Social Work Research, 2021.
« « On vous Tolère, mais on ne vous accepte pas » :luttes pour la reconnaissance des jeunes trans dans un contexte cisnormatif. »with Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Alexandre Baril, Edward O.J. Lee, Marie-Édith Vigneau, and Maxime Faddoul. Revue canadienne de service social / Canadian Social Work Review 37 (1), 2020.
“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. London: Palgrave McMillan UK, 2019: 301-315
“Attached Advocacy and the Rights of the Trans Child.” CanadianJournal of Political Science 50, no. 2 (2017): 579–95.
“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 (2nd Edition, 2017).
“Fighting for Trans* Kids: Academic ParentActivism in the 21st Century.” With Cindy Holmes, Annie Pullen Sansfacon, JuliaTemple Newhook, and Ann TraversStudies in Social Justice 9, no. 1 (2015):118–35.
“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 Great Leap 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 Leap Forward,” Modern China 32(3), July 2006: 349-384.
“Fil-Can Futures,” The Filipino Forum, August 2019.
“Filipino Domestic Workers Deserve Equitable Employment,”(with Evelyn Calugay), The Globe and Mail, August 3, 2018.
“Decriminalization of Sex Work is Essential,” Montreal Gazette, April 25, 2018.
“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 Temple Newhook), Toronto Star, May 30th, 2017 (Republished in The Toronto Star, Our Windsor, 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, May 22, 2017.
“Let transgender children in Quebec change their birth certificates,” Montreal Gazette, May 12, 2016.
"One More Hurdle for Transgender Youth,” with Robert Leckey. Montreal Gazette, September 9, 2015.
“China Trip is an Opportunity to Foster Academic Co-operation,” Montreal Gazette, February 6, 2012.