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 B.A. 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.
Dr. Manninen has chaired sessions of the American Philosophical Society, Society for Applied Philosophy, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. At the West campus, she is actively involved in academic, cultural and ethnic activities, working as a committee member for the annual presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. "March on West," serving as a faculty advisor to the campus Hispanic Honor Society, and assisting on a wide variety of academic councils and programs.
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 for the Barrett Honors program.