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Alex Manning

Alex Manning
Alex Manning

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Kirner-Johnson 239

Alex Manning’s research explores the dynamic collisions among racism, inequality, families, youth, sport, and culture. He is specifically interested in how racism structures youth sports and other extracurricular activities, and how youth, parents, and coaches experience and make sense of race in their own lives.

In the classroom, Alex strives to create an environment of learning where students rigorously interrogate the social world; develop a strong understanding of the institutional and historical context that surrounds persistent social problems and injustice; and recognize their own individual and collective agency in shaping and truly improving society.

Last year, Alex taught at Jacksonville University, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He earned his B.A. in sociology from Howard University in 2011.

Recent Courses Taught

American Society
Sports and Society


Select Publications

  • Manning, Alex. 2019. “The Age of Concerted Cultivation: A Racial Analysis of Parental Repertoires, and Childhood Activities.” Du Bois Review. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742058X19000080
  • Hartmann, Doug, Paul R. Croll, Ryan Larson, Joseph Gerteis, & Alex Manning. 2017. “Colorblindness as Identity: Key Determinants, Relations to Ideology, and Implications for Attitudes about Race and Policy.” Sociological Perspectives. 60(5):866-888. https://doi.org/10.1177/0731121417719694
  • Manning, Alex, Hartmann, Doug, & Gerteis, Joseph. 2015. “Colorblindness in Black and White: An Analysis of Core Tenets, Configurations, and Complexities.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 1(4): 532-546.

Appointed to the Faculty: 2020

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., Howard University


Beyond Orange Slices: The Contested Cultural Terrain of Youth Soccer in the United States
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