| Patrick Manning

Patrick Manning


Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History


University of Pittsburgh


Patrick Manning is director of the World History Center, located in the Department of History and affiliated with the Global Studies Program and the University Center of International Studies. Trained as a specialist in the economic history of Africa, he has become a specialist in world history. His research has focused on demographic history (African slave trade), social and cultural history of francophone Africa, global migration, the African diaspora as a dimension of global history, and an overview of the field of world history. He was educated at the California Institute of Technology (BS in Chemistry, 1963) and the University of Wisconsin - Madison (MS in History and Economics, PhD in History 1969).

He served as Vice President of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, 2004-2006. Before moving to the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, Manning was at Northeastern University for two decades. There he directed the World History Center, 1994-2004, and directed PhD students writing world historical dissertations. Manning now serves as President of the World History Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation fostering research in world history. His current research centers on global social movements, 1989-1992, African population 1650-1950, and on an interdisciplinary history of early humanity in collaboration with Christopher Ehret.

Selected Publications


Andre Gunder Frank and Global Development: Visions, Remembrances, and Explorations (London: Routledge, in press [2011]). An edited collection of essays in honor of Andre Gunder Frank.

Co-edited with Barry K. Gills. Migration History: Multidisciplinary Approaches (Leiden: Brill, 2010). An edited collection of multidisciplinary approaches to migration. Co-edited with Jan Lucassen and Leo Lucassen.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Global Social Insurance Movement since the 1880s.” Journal of Global History 5, 1, pp. 125-148. Forthcoming.

“Epistemology.” Jerry H. Bentley, ed., Oxford History Handbook: World History. Oxford University Press.

“African Population: Projections, 1851-1961.” Karl Ittmann, Dennis D. Cordell, and Gregory Maddox, eds., The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press).


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