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Linda Manning

Linda Manning

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Luter Hall 255 A
(757) 594-7683


  • Ph D in Human Communications, University of Denver
  • MA in Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA in French and Comparative Area Studies, Duke University


Interpersonal communication with an emphasis in the following areas: Family Communication, Friendship Communication, Narrative Theory, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Manning investigates the voice of the child in interpersonal contexts. In particular she has studied visibly adopted families and how they create a shared family identity, the narratives of immigrant children, and coping strategies of families with a child with cancer.


Linda D. Manning earned her B.A. cum laude in French and International Studies from Duke University in 1990. She spent her junior year of college studying in Paris, France at the Sorbonne, l'Institut Catholique de Paris and l'Ecole du Louvre. She earned her M.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Family Communication from the University of Denver in 2002. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Communication department. Her teaching and research interests are in family and interpersonal communication. In particular, she considers the role of the child’s voice in family interactions. She has published articles on international adoption, later-life couples and conflict, caregivers of pediatric cancer patients, and immigrant children.

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018 ). Family, Identity and Home: Retrospective Narratives of Child Immigrants. Lexington.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018 ). Engaging Student-Driven Metaphors to Extend Understanding of Course Concepts. Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S.) in Communication.
  • Book, Textbook-New
    (2017 ). Public Speaking and Civic Engagement. Issue, 1. Pages, 263.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2007 ). Back to the Future: The Brilliant Witches in Bewitched. Palgrave Macmillan.

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