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In memoriam: Andrew Manning, 42

The alumnus and USC Dornsife faculty member was dedicated to his students as well as the dual causes of peace and justice

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Andrew Manning taught courses on foreign policy at the VonKleinSmid Center. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

Andrew Manning ’94, PhD ’01, a faculty member at the USC School of International Relations (SIR), died unexpectedly on Christmas Day. He was 42.

Manning earned his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in international relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He had taught courses on peace and conflict resolution, terrorism and democracy, and various other foreign policy topics since 2002.

His dissertation analyzed emotions in foreign policy decision-making. Political psychology was a core focus he brought to his teaching. In addition to his interest in Irish history and the Northern Ireland peace process, Manning had been designing a new course, “Famine and Genocide in International Relations,” at the time of his death.

Devoted to peace

Earlier, Manning directed the Peace and Conflict Studies program and was founding adviser to Trojans United for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Robert English, director of SIR, said Manning was a dedicated teacher and conscientious adviser.

He poured everything into the causes that mattered most to him.

Robert English

“Andrew Manning was fantastically dedicated to his students and to the twin causes of peace and justice,” English said. “Whether advising a student research project on the politics of Northern Ireland or managing our Peace and Conflict Resolution program, he poured everything into the causes that mattered most to him. Naturally, these passions created a loyal following among Dornsife students. Professor Manning’s contributions will be sorely missed.

Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs at USC Dornsife, taught Manning when the alumnus was an undergraduate and later hired him as a lecturer.

“Andrew did an excellent job as a teacher of international relations,” Lamy said. “He really cared for his students and developed several innovative methods for teaching about U.S. foreign policy and theories of war. Andrew combined his love for history and his skills in social science analysis to help his students understand the complexities of decision-making in foreign policy.”

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