Ryann Manning is a PhD student in Organizational Behavior and Sociology. In her research, she explores aspects of emotion, culture, and morality in organizational life, with a particular focus on organizations in the public sector or those concerned with global health or international development. Ryann’s dissertation combines two separate empirical studies. The first study is based on observational field work with public sector nurses in high mortality pediatric wards in Sierra Leone, and shows how culture and space shape the nurses’ interactions with their patients’ families, and particularly how they express and manage emotions. The second study examines the mobilization of Sierra Leonean diaspora communities in response to the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ryann has also done work on morality in organizations (with Michel Anteby of Boston University); on identity and institutional change (with Julie Battilana and Lakshmi Ramarajan of Harvard Business School); on culture and global collaboration (with Tsedal Neeley of Harvard Business School); and on the international development blogosphere.
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 stepped in as Acting CEO to provide strategic leadership and operational support to the organization during the Ebola outbreak.