Manca Terra

Terra Manca                                                  

Doctoral Student (Sociology) 

Dissertation Topic: Alternative Medicine

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Kent

Specialization: Parenting in High Demand Religions

Committee Chair: Professor Amy Kaler

MA (Sociology) Thesis: Christian Science and Healthcare in Canada

Research Interests: Alternative Medicine, Alternative Religions, Family, Healthcare Ethics

Peer Reviewed Publications: 

“Medicine and Spiritual Healing within a Region of Canada: Preliminary Findings Concerning Christian Scientists’ Healthcare Practices,” Journal of Religion and Health (2011, Print Forthcoming):

Alternative therapy, Dianetics, and Scientology,” Marburg Journal of Religion 15. (2010): 

"Innocent Murderers? Abducted Children in the Lord's Resistance Army," Cultic Studies Review, 7 (2008):


“Scientology,” James R. Lewis (ed.), International Journal of Cultic Studies (2010):


“Doing Family in Scientology’s Sea Organization: Preliminary Findings from Interviews with Former Scientologists.” Canadian Sociological Association. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. June 2010.

“L. Ron Hubbard’s Alternative to the Bomb Shelter: Scientology’s Emergence as a Pseudo-Science During the 1950s.” American Academy of Religion, Pacific Midwest Regional Conference. May 2010.

“Canadian Christian Scientists and Healthcare Decisions.” International Cultic Studies Association New York Conference. 2 July 2010.

“Alternative Healing in New Religious Movements.” International Cultic Studies Association Genève Conference. July 2009.

Presented paper on the "Changing Scope and Nature of Sociology—In a University Setting" Roundtable Session R03. 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 29 May 2007 at the University of Saskatchewan.

Selected Awards: 

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (SSHRC), Doctoral  (2009-2013)

President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2009)

Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Master’s Scholarship (2008-2009) 

Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship (2008) 


Sociology Graduate Students Conference Committee, 2010-2011 (Co-Chair)

International Cultic Studies Association

Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD)