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Bertha Manninen

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

 

Bertha Alvarez Manninen is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.  She was awarded her Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University in 2006 after winning a Purdue University Foundation Dissertation grant, as well as a university doctoral-level fellowship.  Dr. Manninen earned her M.A. in philosophy in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was granted an advanced opportunity fellowship.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachlelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida International University in 1999.  She joined the faculty at ASU's West campus in 2006.

Born in Miami of Cuban heritage, Dr. Manninen lists as her scholarly interests applied ethics, biomedical ethics, normative and meta-ethics, philosophy of religion, social and political philosophy.   Her work has been chronicled in such prestigious peer-reviewed professional publications as the American Journal of Bioethics, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, Hypatia, Journal of Social Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Among the New College subjects she teaches are biomedical ethics, applied ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy and film. She also regularly teaches the Human Event course, and Special Topic courses, for the Barrett the Honors College.

 

Education

2006 - Ph.D. in Philosophy awarded, Purdue University

2001 - M.A. in Philosophy awarded, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1999 - B.A. in Philosophy, B.A. in English Literature, and two minors (Psychology and Religious Studies) awarded, Florida International University

Publications
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Mutual Scorn Within the Abortion Debate: Some Parallels with Race Relations. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Replaceable Fetus: A Reflection on Abortion and Disability. Disability Studies Quarterly (2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Expanding the Discussion about Fetal Life within Pro-Choice Advocacy. Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings (2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Have a Miscarriage and Go to Jail? Potential Consequences of Personhood Amendments. (2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. In remembrance of Aylan Kurdi - a plea to remove the mask of "the other". (2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. A Kantian Defense of Abortion Rights with Respect for Intrauterine Life. Diametros (2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Shared Values in the Abortion Debate. (2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Revisiting the argument of fetal potential. Potentiality (2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Stem-Cell Research Utilizing Embryonic Tissue Should Not Be Conducted. Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. A Metaphysical and Ethical Defense of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine (2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Problem of Evil and Humans’ Relationship with God in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Journal of Religion and Film (2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Value of Choice and the Choice to Value: Expanding the Discussion about Fetal Life within Prochoice Advocacy. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Yes, the baby should live: a pro-choice response to Giubilini and Minerva. Journal of Medical Ethics (2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Beyond Abortion: The Implications of Human Life Amendments. Journal of Social Philosophy (2012).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Cloning and Individuality: Why Kass and Callahan are wrong (but maybe a little right). Monash Bioethics Review (2012).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. What Did Octomom Do Wrong? Exploring the Ethics of Fertility Treatments. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine (2012).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Why Fetal Potential Matters. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine (2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Pro-Choice Philosopher Has Baby: Reflections on Fetal Life. Motherhood, Philosophy for Everyone: The Birth of Wisdom (2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Defending my 'Rethinking' of Roe. American Journal of Bioethics (2010).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Rethinking Roe v. Wade: Defending the abortion right in the face of contemporary opposition. American Journal of Bioethics (2010).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Defining death: An intersection of bioethics and metaphysics. Reviews in the Neurosciences (2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Human Identity and Bioethics. Journal of Value Inquiry (2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Metaphysical Foundations of Reproductive Ethics. Journal of Applied Philosophy (2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Are Human Embryos Kantian Persons?: Kantian Considerations in Favor of Stem Cell Research. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine (2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Revisiting Justified Non-Voluntary Euthanasia. American Journal of Bioethics (2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Can Whiskers Have More Than Nine Lives? Exploring the Ethical Issues of Feline and Human Cloning. What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Cat (2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Why There Is No Either/Or in Works of Love: A Kantian Defense of Kierkegaardian (Christian) Unconditional Love. Transforming Philosophy and Religion: Love's Wisdom (2008).
  • Bertha Manninen. Pleading men and virtuous women: Considering the role of the father in the abortion debate. International Journal for Applied Philosophy (2007).
  • Bertha Manninen. Respecting embryos within stem cell research: Seeking Harmony. Metaphilosophy (2007).
  • Bertha Manninen. Revisiting the argument of fetal potential. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine (2007).
  • . . Review of: Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-biological Lesbian Moms Tell All (2007).
  • . . Review of: Should Parents be Licensed? Debating the Issues (2007).
  • . . Review of: The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues, 2nd Edition (2007).
  • Manninen, Bertha Alvarez. Respecting embryos within stem cell research: Seeking Harmony. Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Issues (2007).
  • Bertha Manninen. A Case for Justified Nonvoluntary Euthanasia: Exploring the Ethics of the Groningen Protocol. Journal of Medical Ethics (2006).
  • Bertha Manninen. Medicating the mind: A Kantian analysis of overprescribing psychoactive drugs. Journal of Medical Ethics (2006).
  • . . Review of: The Fountain of Youth: Cultural, Scientific, and Ethical Perspectives on a Biomedical Goal (2005).
  • Bertha Manninen. How the problem of evil possess an obstacle to the belief in God. Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau (1998).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Biological, Historical, and Ethical Perspectives on Mammalian Reproductive Cloning. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosohy (0).
  • . . Review of: What’s Good on TV: Understanding Ethics through Television (0).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. An Open Letter to Marco Rubio on the Value of the Humanities. (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
HON 394Special Topics
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
MAS 592Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
HON 493Honors Thesis
PHI 493Honors Thesis
IAS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
PHI 415Philosophy & Film
PHI 492Honors Directed Study
HON 492Honors Directed Study
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
REL 494Special Topics
PHI 494Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
HON 394Special Topics
MAS 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
REL 494Special Topics
PHI 494Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 318Philosophy of Religion
PHI 320Bioethics
IAS 340Bioethics
HON 492Honors Directed Study
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 306Applied Ethics
IAS 340Bioethics
PHI 340Bioethics
HON 493Honors Thesis
PHI 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Finding Common Ground. Southwest Minnesota State University, Spring Philosophy Speaker Series (Mar 2015).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Mutual Scorn in the Abortion Debate: The Parallels with Race Relations. Dean's Lecture Series at George Washington University (Dec 2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. A Philosophical Analysis of the Phenomenology of Child Abuse. Dean's Lecture Series at George Washington University (Dec 2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. A Philosophical Analysis of the Phenomenology of Child Abuse. Central States Philosophical Association (Oct 2014).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Notes From A College Professor - Who Wasn't Suppose To Go To College. SOPHIA (The Society of Philosophers in America) Annual Symposium: Should Everyone Go to College? (Nov 2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Notes From A College Professor - Who Wasn't Suppose To Go To College. SOPHIA (The Society of Philosophers in America) Annual Symposium: Should Everyone Go to College? (Nov 2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Virtue Ethics, Sex, and Reality TV: If Aristotle Had Watched Snooki. Reality Gendervision: A Conference on Sexuality and Gender on Reality TV (Apr 2013).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Abortion and Civil Discourse. American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting (Dec 2012).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Religious Superficiality and the Problem of Evil in Malick’s Tree of Life. Faith and Reason Institute’s conference on Faith, Film, and Philosophy (Oct 2012).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Glenn Beck vs. WK Clifford: Philosophy and the Ethics of Belief. American Philosophical Association 2011 Eastern Division Conference Washington, D.C (Dec 2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Pro-Life Pro-Choicer: Battling the False Dichotomy. Hope College’s Philosophy Speaker Series (Nov 2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Why Fetal Potential Matters. American Philosophical Association 2011 Central Division Meeting. Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN (Mar 2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. What Did Octomom Do Wrong? Exploring the Ethics of Fertility Treatments. American Philosophical Association 2011 Central Division Meeting. Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN (Mar 2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Replaceable Fetus: Abortion and Disability. SOPHIA (The Society of Philosophers in America) Annual Symposium: Disability, Civic Responsibility (Feb 2011).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. "Cloning and the challenges of uniqueness.". 62nd Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference (Oct 2010).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. "What did ‘Octomom’ Do Wrong?: Exploring the ethics of fertility treatments.". Central States Philosophical Association 2010 Annual Meeting (Sep 2010).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. "Cloning, Genetic Duplication, and the Compromise of Identity: Why Kass and Callahan are Wrong (but maybe a little right)." . Genetics and Ethics in the 21st Century (Jul 2010).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Pro-Life Pro-Choicer: Battling the False Dichotomy. 61st Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR (Oct 2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. On Jennifer Kling’s "Becoming Virtuous" A How-To Guide. 61st Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR (Oct 2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The Pregnant and Parenting Philosopher. Philosophical Inquiry into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering (May 2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. A New Mother’s Reflections on Abortion. Philosophical Inquiry into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering Conference. University of Oregon. Eu (May 2009).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Rethinking Roe v. Wade: Why the reproductive autonomy argument fails. Mississippi Philosophical Association Medical Ethics Conference (Nov 2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. In Defense of Fetal Viability. Central States Philosophical Association Annual Conference (Sep 2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. Religion and Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Seeking Harmony Through Healing. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix (Aug 2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. The definition of death and questions of personal identity: The intersection of bioethics and metaphysics. 5th International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network (May 2008).
  • Bertha Alvarez Manninen. On Kurt Liebegott’s "Why the Responsibility Objection to Thomson’s Abortion Argument Must Fail.". American Philosophical Association 2008 Central Division Meeting (Apr 2008).
  • Manninen, Bertha. “Metaphysics as applied philosophy: The metaphysical foundations of bioethics.”. Society for Applied Philosophy Annual National Conference 2007 (Oct 2007).
  • Manninen, Bertha. 'On Samantha Brennan’s “The Intrinsic Goods of Childhood.” '. Society for Applied Philosophy Annual International Conference (Jun 2007).
  • Manninen, Bertha. Pleading men and virtuous women: Consider the role of the father in the abortion debate. Society for Applied Philosophy Annual International Conference 2007 (Jun 2007).
  • Manninen, Bertha. “The human embryo as neighbor: A Christian argument in favor of embryonic stem cell research. Society of Christian Philosophers 2007 Eastern Regional Meeting (Apr 2007).
  • Manninen, Bertha. On Garrett Merriam's "Virtue, Vice, and Vivisection.". APA Eastern Division Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals (Dec 2006).
Service
  • Provost Teaching Academy, Fellow (2015 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Philosophy, Peer Referee (2015 - Present)
  • Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Co-Chair (along with Dr. Pamela Marshall) (2014 - Present)
  • Ethics, Peer Referee (2014 - Present)
  • Ethics, Peer Referee (2014 - Present)
  • Teaching Innovation and Excellence Initiative, Co-Director (along with Dr. Pamela Marshall) (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Social Philosophy, Peer Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Social Philosophy, Peer Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Philosophy ATF, Member (2012 - Present)
  • American Journal of Bioethics, Peer Referee (2009 - Present)
  • American Journal of Bioethics, Peer Referee (2009 - Present)
  • American Journal of Bioethics, Peer Referee (2009 - Present)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. March on West, Member and Presenter (2008 - Present)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. March on West, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. March on West, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. March on West, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. March on West, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Central States Philosophical Association, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • 5th International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • Search Committee for the Lincoln Chair in Applied Ethics, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • College Standards Committee and Academic Dishonesty Committe for New College, Member (2007 - Present)
  • College Standards Committee and Academic Dishonesty Committee for New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Member (2007 - Present)
  • College Standards and Academic Dishonesty Committee for NCIAS, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • College Standards and Academic Dishonesty Committee for NCIAS, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • College Standards and Academic Dishonesty Committee for NCIAS, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • Praxis; Journal of Philosophy, Peer Referee (2007 - Present)
  • Praxis; Journal of Philosophy, Peer Referee (2007 - Present)
  • Praxis; Journal of Philosophy, Referee (2007 - Present)
  • TRIO, Mentor of student Shawn Worden (2007 - Present)
  • Hispanic Honor Society, Faculty Advisor (2007 - Present)
  • Hispanic Honor Society, Faculty Advisor (2007 - Present)
  • Hispanic Honor Society, Faculty Advisor (2007 - Present)
  • American Philosophical Society, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • Religion and Applied Ethical Studies, Committee Member (2006 - Present)
  • Journal of Medical Ethics, Peer Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Medical Ethics, Peer Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Medical Ethics, Peer Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Medical Ethics, Peer Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Medical Ethics, Referee (2005 - Present)
  • Routledge, Reviewer for book manuscript proposal (2015 - 2015)
  • General Studies Council, Member (2014 - 2015)
  • Faculty Annual Report (FAR), Committee Member (2014 - 2014)
  • College Standards and Academic Dishonesty Committee for NCIAS, Chair (2007 - 2013)
  • Hiring committee for a new director for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Culture Studies., Committee Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Applied Ethics ad hoc committee, Committee Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Representative (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Grant and Conference Organizer (2010 - 2010)
  • Society for Applied Philosophy, Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Society of Christian Philosophers, Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Boss, Judith A. Ethics for Life. 3rd edition. McGraw Hill Publishing, Invited Appraisal (2006 - 2006)
  • Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee for the department of Arts and Humanities at Kirkwood Community College, Representative (2005 - 2006)