Ryann Manning is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior and Sociology. In her research, she studies how people in complex real-world situations make difficult moral decisions and pursue what they consider to be moral action. She takes a sociological perspective on these questions, and is particularly interested in the role of culture and emotion in shaping shared understandings of right and wrong and influencing both individual and collective behavior. Empirically, she uses in-depth qualitative field research to capture the lived experience of people within organizations, and she also collects online and offline data to examine how people discuss and coordinate efforts to address social issues. Drawing on her past experience as a global health and international development practitioner, she has a particular interest in healthcare organizations and organizations located in the global South.
Ryann received both a Master in Public Policy and Master of Arts in Sociology degree from Harvard University, and an AB in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She is an experienced social entrepreneur and manager in the global health and international development sectors. She was a co-founder and continues to serve as a non-executive Director of the Welbodi Partnership, and in 2015 was appointed Acting CEO to provide strategic leadership and operational support to the organization during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.