Wendy D. Manning

wendy manning

Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Dr. Howard E. and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae

CFDR Director

NCFMR Co-Director

PAA President

Wendy D. Manning currently serves as Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and Co-Director for the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. She is a family demographer, and her research examines how family members define and understand their obligations to each other in an era of increasingly diverse and complex family relationships. She led the research for the ASA Amicus Brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases. Manning has examined the meaning of cohabitation with her work on the measurement of cohabitation, fertility in cohabiting unions, the stability of cohabiting unions, transitions to marriage, and implications of cohabitation for adult and child well-being. Her work has focused on adolescent sexual decision-making as well as the patterning and quality of young adult relationships.