Paul Manning is Professor of Anthropology at Trent University, Canada. He received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2001 and went on to teach anthropology at Northern Illinois University, Reed College, and Bard College prior to joining the Trent University Department of Anthropology in 2003. He is Editor of Semiotic Review, former Editor of The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and serves on the editorial boards of Language & Communication, The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and Amirani.
In addition to his semiotic scholarship on media, brands and branding, his research interests include linguistic anthropology, anthropology and history, cartoons, urban anthropology, anthropology of romance, anthropology of politics, liberalism and neo-liberalism, colonialism, anthropology of technology, nature, mining, landscape, and anthropology of the preternatural (fairies, pixies, monsters, occultism, theosophy). His field-based research focuses on linguistic and semiotic anthropology in Europe (Wales) and Eurasia (Georgia). He has done fieldwork on Welsh speaking populations in Wales, Argentina and on Georgian speaking populations in Georgia and Russia.
Professor Manning’s books include The Semiotics of Drink and Drinking (2012) and Strangers in a Strange Land: Occidentalist Publics and Orientalist Geographies in Nineteenth-Century Georgian Imaginaries (2012) and Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia (2015).