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Jennifer Manning graduated in 1989 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies, and then went directly on to the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) for a Master’s in 1991. Jennifer’s father and other family members have served abroad as U.S. military advisors, and she lived abroad as a child, so International Studies was an obvious choice for her.  At UNC, Jennifer was in the inaugural year of the UNITAS multicultural living and learning program and served as an officer in the Association of International Students and the Carolina Indian Circle, while also serving on the Elections Board.

After earning her master’s degree, Jennifer joined the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington DC, where she still works as a Senior Research Librarian. CRS is a legislative branch support agency located within the Library of Congress that serves the research needs of Members of Congress and their staff.

Jennifer’s primary subject areas are Congressional history and procedure, legislative branch operations and legislative data. Jennifer also serves as U.S. liaison to a European Union-based organization of parliamentary research services and participates in data exchange projects with the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. These contacts allow her and her agency to share information and research with their parliamentary counterparts abroad. Jennifer’s husband also travels extensively as an economics professor, and she is able to tag along and visit my parliamentary colleagues in national capitols all over the world, from Wellington to Oslo.

Jennifer currently serves as Chair of SILS’s Alumni Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and also serves on the UNC Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.  

Jennifer is a passionate supporter of the UNC Passport to Go! Program and hopes that every UNC student is able to have a fulfilling and broadening international experience before they graduate.