Director / Patrick Manning

Bio of Director

Patrick Manning Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh. He 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.
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Major Publications

  • The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (Columbia UP, 2009)
  • Global Practice in World History: Advances Worldwide (Markus Wiener, 2008)
  • World History: Global and Local Interactions (Markus Wiener, 2005)
  • Migration in World History (Routledge, 2004)
  • Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
  • Migration in Modern World History, 1500-2000, CD-ROM (Wadsworth, 2000)
  • Slave Trades, 1500-1800: Globalization of Forced Labour (Variorum, 1996)
  • Slavery and African Life: Occidental, Oriental and African Slave Trades (Cambridge UP, 1990)
  • Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa 1880-1985 (Cambridge UP, 1988), 2nd ed. 1998
  • Slavery, Colonialism and Economic Growth in Dahomey, 1640-1960 (Cambridge UP, 1982)


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