Lydia K. Manning, PhD

Associate Professor of Gerontology

College of Graduate Studies
Human Services
Phone: 708-209-3218

Dr. Manning's research and teaching agendas reflect her commitment to the interdisciplinary exploration of aging in the United States. As a social gerontologist, she investigates complex and pressing issues and problems related to aging, health, and well-being through independent research that integrates the perspectives and methodologies of gerontology, sociology, and women’s studies. Specifically, her research focuses on resilience with related interests in religion, health and gender. She has been a member of Concordia's faculty since 2013.


  • PhD, Social Gerontology. Miami University, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
  • MGS, Master of Gerontological Studies. Miami University, Department of Sociology & Gerontology.
  • BA, Centre College, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Classes Taught

  • GERO 6980 Practicum in Gerontology

Research and Expertise

  • Aging and Well-being
  • Resilience and Vulnerability
  • Religion and Health
  • Qualitative/Mixed Methods
  • Gerontological Education

Prior Professional and Academic Positions

  • Duke University, Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2013; The Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development/Department of Sociology

Professional Memberships

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Association for Anthropology and Gerontology

Student Projects and Advisory

  • Faculty Advisor to MA Students in Gerontology


  • “Navigating hardships in old age: Exploring the relationship between spirituality and resilience in later life.” Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 568-575, 2013.
  • “Spirituality as a Lived Experience: Exploring the Essence of Spirituality in Late Life." International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 75(2):95-113, 2012.
  • "The Importance of Spirituality to Extreme Longevity: Explorations into the Lives of Centenarians," (with J. Leek, and M.E. Radina). Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 24(4), 345-359, 2012.
  • “Articulating the Ineffable: Explorations Into the Spiritual Lives of Old Women.” Journal Of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24(3), 179-20, 2012.
  • “Experiences from pagan women: A closer look at croning rituals.” Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1),102-118, 2012.
  • "Globalizing Gerontology Education: Current practices and perceptions for gerontology education in the United States," (with S. Mwangi, T. Yamashita, H. Ewen, S. Kunkel). Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 30, 198-217, 2012.
  • "Experiencing the Third Age: The perspective of qualitative inquiry," (with G. Rowles). In: Carr, D. C. & Komp, K.S. (eds.)." Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age: Implications and Future Steps. Springer Publications, pp. 147-166, 2011.
  • “Give me a boa and some bling!’” Red Hat Society members commanding presence through ritual dress and appearance in the public sphere, (with M.E. Radina, A. Lynch, M. Stalp, M.). In Bobel, C. & Kwan, S. (eds). Embodied resistance: Challenging the norms, breaking the rules. Vanderbilt University Press, pp. 67-77, 2010.
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