Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Assistant Provost for Academic Diversity


Dr. Christopher Manning, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost, Academic Diversity

Christopher Manning received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2003. Currently, he is an associate professor of history and the assistant provost for academic diversity at Loyola University Chicago. He has written on African American political development in the 20th century and is currently working on an oral history of social justice movements in in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As the assistant provost for academic diversity his work includes staying abreast of diversity issues in the division of Academic Affairs, particularly as it relates to faculty and students, researching best practices around those concerns, and weaving those lines of information into policy that can effectively improve the circumstances of diversity in the Academic Affairs realm. As such his programing ranges from executing qualitative interviews, to diversifying faculty hiring, to the facilitation of curriculum development, to working with academic leaders on unit specific issues, and to supporting partners in areas such as Student Academic Services and the Division of Student Development in their diversity efforts. In addition to his academic career, Manning was a professional Latin Dancer and the executive director and founder of the non-profit dance company InspiraciĆ³n Dance Chicago (2011-2017), which offered free youth and adult Latin dance training in Chicago.