Department of History

Patrick Manning

  • Andrew Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1969

Representative Publications

Methods for Human History: Studying Social, Cultural, and Biological Evolution  (Palgrave Macmillan)

A History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System (Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2020).

Knowledge in Translation: Global Patterns of Scientific Exchange, 1000–1800 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), co-edited with Abigail Owen.

Global Transformation in the Life Sciences, 1945–1980 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), co-edited with Mat Savelli.

“Inequality: Historical and Disciplinary Approaches,” American Historical Review 122 (2017): 1–22. 

Global Scientific Practice in an Age of Revolution (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), co-edited with Daniel Rood.

“Locating Africans on the World Stage: A Problem in World History,” Journal of World History 26 (2015): 605–637.

Big Data in History: A World-Historical Archive (Palgrave Pivot, 2013).

Migration History in World History: Multidisciplinary Approaches (Brill, 2010), co-edited with Jan Lucassen and Leo Lucassen.

The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (Columbia UP, 2009).

Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

Research Interests

Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis. An interdisciplinary, collaborative project to create a world-historical data resource (

“African Population and Migration, 1650–1950: The Era of Enslavement and Colonial Rule.” Detailed demographic analysis of the impact of slavery on populations in Africa and abroad.