Jimmie Manning, Ph.D.

Chair; Professor
Jimmie Manning


Jimmie Manning (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is professor and chair of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research focuses on meaning-making in relationships. This research spans multiple contexts to understand how individuals, couples, families, organizations and other cultural institutions attempt to define, support, control, limit, encourage, or otherwise negotiate relationships. He explores these ideas through three contexts: relational discourses, especially those about sexuality, gender, love and identity; connections between relationships and efficacy in health and organizational contexts; and digitally mediated communication. His research has been supported by funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Learn & Serve America and has accrued over 30 journal publications in outlets including Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. He recently co-authored the book Researching Interpersonal Relationships: Qualitative Methods, Research, and Analysis (Sage Publications) and has another solo-authored book, Qualitative Research in Sexuality & Gender Studies (Oxford University Press).

Research interests

  • Interpersonal and family communication
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Computer-mediated communication

Course taught

  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sexuality & Communication


  • Moore, J., & Manning, J. (2019). What counts as critical interpersonal and family communication research? A review of an emerging field of inquiry. Annals of the International Communication Association, 43(1), 40-57. doi:10.1080/23808985.2019.1570825
  • Denker, K. J., Manning, J., & Summers, M. (2018). Twitter in the classroom: Modeling online communication attitudes and student motivations to connect. Computers in Human Behavior, 79, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.09.037
  • Jozkowski, K. N., Manning, J., & Hunt, M. (2018). Sexual consent in and out of the bedroom: Disjunctive views of heterosexual college students. Women's Studies in Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07491409.2018.1470121
  • Manning, J. (2018). Making the most of our conferences and associations: An important component for communication research, teaching, and service. Communication Studies, 69(5), 605-616. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1520734
  • Manning, J., & Dunn, J. C. (Eds.). (2018). Transgressing feminist theory and discourse: Advancing conversations across disciplines. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Manning, J., & Lambert South, A. N. (2018). Family favoritism: Defining a communication-oriented construct. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/17459435.2017.1418416
  • Manning, J., & Stern, D. S. (2018). Heteronormative bodies, queer futures: Toward a theory of interpersonal panopticism. Information, Communication, & Society, 21(2), 208-223. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1271901
  • Manning, J., Stern, D. M., & Johnson, R. (2018). Sexual and gender identity in the classroom. In M. L. Houser, & A. M. Hosek (Eds.), Handbook of instructional communication (2nd ed.; pp. 170-182). Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis.
  • Manning, J. (2017). Examining health and relationship beliefs in family discourses about purity pledges: Gender, faith values, and the communicative constitution of reality. Western Journal of Communication, 80(1), 87-104. doi:10.1080/10570314.2016.1227082
  • Manning, J. (2016). Social media. In J. C. Nash (Ed.), Macmillan interdisciplinary handbook: Gender (pp. 271-287). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference. 


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies (Interpersonal Communication and Rhetoric/Cultural Studies), University of Kansas, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Sexuality and Social Control), University of Kansas, 2005
  • M.A., Communication Studies (Organizational Communication and Media Studies), University of Kansas, 2004
  • B.F.A., Dramatic Arts; B.A. English and Ethnic/Gender Studies; and B.S.E. Speech/Communication and Social Sciences, Emporia State University, 2001