Eli ManningPhD, MSW, RSW

Assistant Professor


Email: eli.manning@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3917
Fax: 902-494-6709
Mailing Address: 
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University
Suite 3217, Mona Campbell Building,
1459 LeMarchant Street
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Radical and critical anti-oppressive theory and practice
  • Health equity
  • Public health policy
  • Queer, trans, and gender studies
  • Anti-racist and anti-colonial studies
  • Post-structural feminist theory and research
  • Advocacy
  • Critical disability studies
  • Cultural studies


Eli started her social work career as an advocate in a community health centre in the late 1990s where she worked primarily with people living with HIV/AIDS, lesbians, gay men, and bisexual,  and trans people. Her practice includes community development, disability rights, LGBT and queer rights, anti-racism, individual and system advocacy, political activism, feminist organizing, crisis intervention, frontline program development and leadership, and policy development and change. Eli’s academic work mirrors her social work career as she continues to work in areas of HIV/AIDS, health equity, and social justice. 


BA (Native Studies/Canadian Studies), University of Manitoba
BSW, University of Victoria
MSW, University of Victoria
PhD (Gender, sexuality and women’s studies), Simon Fraser University

Teaching Philosophy

Popular Education
Feminist, Anti-Racist, Anti-Colonial, and Critical Pedagogy

Selected Publications

McClelland, A., Mykhalovskiy, E., Gagnon, M., Manning, E., Peck, R., Clarke, C., McCaskell, T. (2017). The harms of HIV criminalization: Responding to the "Association of HIV diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States." AIDS, 31(11).

Manning, E., and Gagnon, M. (2017). The complex patient: A concept clarification. Nursing and Health Scienceshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12320

Manning, E., and Bungay, V. (2016). ‘Business before pleasure’: The golden rule of sex work, payment schedules, and gendered experiences of violence. Culture, Health, Sexualityhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2016.1219767

Manning, E. (2015). AIDS, men, and sex: Challenges of a genderqueer methodology. In S. Strega & L. Brown (Eds.), Research as resistance: Critical, Indigenous, and anti-oppressive approaches, pp. 199-220 (2nd ed.).  Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.

Manning, E. (2013). (De)Colonizing research? Biopower, whiteness, and the stranger in research ethics protocol involving Aboriginal peoples. International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, 10(4), pp. 7-18.

Strega, S., Brown, L., Manning, E., Walmsley, C., Dominelli, L., & Callahan, M. (2012). Fathering within child welfare. In Jessica Ball and Kerry Daly (Eds.), Father Involvement in Canada: Diversity, Renewal, and Transformation, pp. 171-189. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Manning, E. (2010). Infected deviants: Reading epidemiology as bio-power in men who have sex with men (MSM) research. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 63/64, pp. 102-115.

Other Contributions 

Manning, E. (September 2014). HAART in Art: Temporal Reflections on Artistic Representations of HIV Medication. Featured Gallery, Visual AIDS, New York, NY. https://www.visualaids.org/gallery/detail/743 (Curatorial Statement & Editorial)

Manning, E., Goodman, R., Davis, J. (2004). For Fuck Sake – Safer Sex for Dykes and Gender Queers. The Great Big Drag King Show, Washington, DC, May 2004. (Curator, Photographer, Primary contributor – organized shoots, edited all images, curated gallery)

Manning, E., Goodman, R., Davis, J. (2003). For Fuck Sake – Safer Sex for Dykes and Gender Queers. International Drag King Extravaganza 5, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 2003. (Curator, Photographer, Primary contributor – organized shoots, edited all images, curated gallery)

Manning, E., Goodman, R., Davis, J. (2003). For Fuck Sake – Safer Sex for Dykes and Gender Queers. Shown at Winnipeg Pride, Winnipeg, MB, June 2003. (Curator, Photographer, Primary contributor – organized shoots, edited all images, curated gallery)


Manning, E. (2016). The Treatment as Prevention® Empire: HIV Treatment Adherence as the New War on AIDS. Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Manning, E. (2010). Who are the men in men who have sex with men (MSM)? School of Social Work, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. UVicDSpace, Electronic Dissertations and Thesis. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2512

Selected Research Projects

The Environmental Scan of Patient Engagement Initiatives (ESPEn) Project (2017 - Current). Interior Health, Kelowna, British Columbia. Investigators: Karin Maiwald, Agnes Meershoek. Advisor: Eli Manning.

Ethics in Health and Sex Work Research (2014-2017). Principal Investigator: Dr. Vicky Bungay, Co-Investigators: Drs. Lauren Casey, Scott Comber, Adrian Guta, Eli Manning, and Colleen Varcoe. CIHR

SPACES Research (2013-2015), University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Principal Investigator: Dr. Vicky Bungay. SSHRC

New Directions for Critical Social Science and Humanities Perspectives in HIV and AIDS in Canada (2011-2012). Principal Investigator: Dr. Marilou Gagnon; Co-Principal Investigators: Patrick Charette-Dionne, Adrian Guta, Elizabeth Manning, Alex McClelland, Nicole Greenspan; Collaborators:  Drs. Winston Husbands, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Viviane Namaste, Cindy Patton, Carol Strike. CIHR Meeting and Planning Grant and The CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention Grant.

The Sepo Study. (2010-2011). Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Rehabilitation. University of Toronto. Principle Investigator: Dr. Stephanie Nixon. CIHR.

Inclusive Organizations: A Tool for Continuous Improvement in Health and Social Service Agencies (2005-2006). Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba.

Improving Access to Health Services for Immigrant and Refugee Communities Project (2005-2006). Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Sexuality Education Resource Centre, Brandon Regional Health Authority and 7th Street Health Access Centre. Winnipeg and Brandon, MB.

Vulnerable Persons New Emerging Team (VP NET; 2004-2006). University of Manitoba & Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Co-Principle Investigators: Harvey Chochinov and Deborah Stienstra; Investigators: Joe Kaufert, Rhonda Wiebe, Jim Derksen, Eli Manning. CIHR.

Finding Our Way Home: Housing Options in Inner-City Winnipeg for People with Disabilities Who Are Dying (2002-2004). Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. Lead Investigators: Deborah Stienstra and Rhonda Wiebe. Advisor: Eli Manning  SSHRC and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Selected Awards, Distinctions, and Fellowships

Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Health Systems Impact Fellowships

Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Simon Fraser University President’s PhD Scholarship

Student Research Award – The CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention 

Canadian Association of HIV Research New Investigator Award in Social Sciences 

LiVWELL Research Group Student Traineeship

Universities Without Walls Fellowship

Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for top Master’s thesis at the University of Victoria