And she knew from a surprisingly early age that this is what she wanted to study.
“My parents are teachers and taught internationally at the Almaty International School in Kazakhstan. So I grew up surrounded by different cultures, cultural diversity, and at the school I took cultural studies. So I became interested in the history of Mesopotamia when I was a child and realized that I loved it,” says Manley.
Her honours research looks at the nature and the magnitude of cultural heritage destruction in the Middle East by Islamic fundamentalist groups. "I also document the different reactions to the conflict to look at how attitudes and actions of outside groups in the Western world have shaped the nature of the conflict, particularly at intersections of the media and archaeology or cultural heritage."
Manley, who is from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, heard about Mount Allison from one of her high school teachers. “She had graduated from Mount A and had great experience here and wanted that for me.” Manley was also recruited to play varsity basketball and although she did not play basketball after her first year, she liked the atmosphere and community at Mount Allison so much that she stayed.
As well as being co-president and editor of the journal of the Atlantic International Studies Organization, Manley is on the executive of the Anthropology Society, has been a TA for the introduction to anthropology course since her second year, and is a tutor for the Meighen Centre. She can also be seen at the campus pub where she is a bartender.
Manley plans to pursue studies in archaeology and anthropology at the graduate level next year.