Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, at the University of Pittsburgh. He served from 2008 to 2015 as founding director of the World History Center, within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Trained as a specialist in the economic history of Africa, Manning also became a specialist in world history overall. Since 2014 he has focused on theorizing human history, including early social evolution, institutional change through social groups and networks, the history of science and knowledge, and on today’s inequality, environmental destruction, and popular social movements. These new studies draw on his earlier work in demographic history (African slave trade), social and cultural history of francophone Africa, global migration, and the African diaspora—all as dimensions of global history.
Manning served as president of the American Historical Association (AHA) from 2016 to 2017 and as vice president of the AHA Teaching Division, from 2004 to 2006. He is also president of the World History Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation fostering research and international exchange in world history. He was educated at the California Institute of Technology (B.S. in Chemistry, 1963) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.S. in history and economics, Ph.D. in history, 1969). Manning was at Northeastern University for two decades before moving to the University of Pittsburgh in 2006.