Research recognition

BGSU's Wendy Manning named president-elect of national association

Dr. Wendy Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of  sociology, is president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA). She was elected to the position at the association’s recent conference.

She begins her term in January, and will be president in 2018. Her key duties include organizing the 2018 annual meeting and delivering the 2018 presidential address. 

Manning is the director of Bowling Green State University's Center for Family and Demographic Research and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR).

“I am honored and excited about the position,” said Manning, who has been actively involved with the PAA, serving on several committees as a member of the board and as vice president. She credits the visibility and strong reputation of BGSU and her colleagues as an important factor in winning the election.

Manning is a family demographer. 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. 

She 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.

“This is a significant achievement in Wendy's exceptionally distinguished career,” said Dr. Susan Brown, NCFMR co-director with Manning and chair of the Department of Sociology. “Simply put, she is a luminary in demography. Her election as PAA president affirms the high esteem and regard she has earned in the field of population science. It's a tremendous honor to have her as our colleague here at BGSU.”