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Jason Manning, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Sociology


Dr. Manning received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia. His work focuses primarily on conflict and social control, including various means of expressing grievances, handling disputes, and punishing offenses. Within this area he has focused mostly on violent and self-destructive ways of handling grievances, including suicide and homicide-suicide. He has also analyzed broad patterns of conflict and social control called "moral cultures," including cultures of honor, dignity, and victimhood. His current projects include a study of how social factors impact the handling of legal cases in West Virginia and coauthoring a book on reactions to suicide. 

Selected Publications

Manning, Jason. 2020. Suicide: The Social Causes of Self-Destruction. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.  

Campbell, Bradley and Jason Manning. 2019. “Social Geometry and Social Control.” Pp.50-62 in The Handbook of Social Control, edited by Mathieu Deflem. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Courses Taught

  • SOCA 301 Sociological Theory
  • SOCA 311 Social Research Methods
  • SOCA 331 Sociology of Law
  • SOCA 389 Writing in Sociology and Anthropology
  • SOCA 488 Sociology of Violence (Capstone)
  • SOCA 730 Sociological Explanation