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About Christel Manning

Christel Manning was born in southern California and raised in Germany. She has travelled all over Europe and the United States and more recently India. She currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and daughter. Manning rows crew with the New Haven Rowing Club, a sport she picked up after bad knees put an end to her love of running. She is also an enthusiastic hockey mom, and avid gardener and an active member of the local environmentalist community.

Professor Manning 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 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.


September 1995 Present Professor Religious Studies, Sacred Heart University Department of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies

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Honors and Awards

  • Annual Scholarly Recognition Award for Book, 2017


  • Eastern Religions
  • Cults & Sects
  • Religion & Sexuality
  • Women in World Religions


M.A., University of California Santa Barbara ‐ Religious Studies
19891995 Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
19801984 B.A. Economics, Tufts University

Contact Information

Theology and Religious Studies
Academic Bldg HC 129
College of Arts and Sciences


Books (3)

Articles (7)

Book Review (3)