Michael Mann (born 1942) is a British-born professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Visiting Research Professor at Queen's University Belfast. Mann holds dual British and United States citizenships. He received his B.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 1963 and his D.Phil. in Sociology from the same institution in 1971. Mann is currently visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge.
Mann has been a professor of Sociology at UCLA since 1987; he was lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex after graduation. Then became reader in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1977 to 1987. Mann was also a member of the Advisory Editors Council of the Social Evolution & History journal.
In 1984, Mann published The Autonomous Power of the State: its Origins, Mechanisms, and Results in the European Journal of Sociology, the foundation for the study of the despotic and bureaucratic power of the modern state.
Mann's most famous works include the monumental The Sources of Social Power (four volumes) and The Dark Side of Democracy, spanning the entire 20th century. He also published Incoherent Empire, where he attacks the United States' 'War on Terror' as a clumsy experiment in neo-imperialism.
The last two volumes of The Sources of Social Power - Global Empires and Revolution 1890-1945 and Globalizations 1945-2011, were published by CUP in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Mann's work has been subject of several books including J.A. Hall and R. Schroder (eds). The Anatomy of Power: Social Theory of Michael Mann, (Cambridge UP, 2006) and R. Schroder (ed.) Global Powers: Michael Mann's Anatomy of 20th century and Beyond, (Cambridge UP, 2016).Consciousness and Action Among the Western Working Class 1981. ISBN 0-391-02268-7
The Autonomous Power of the State. European Sociology Archives, 1984.
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760, Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-521-30851-8
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 2, The Rise of Classes and Nation States 1760-1914, Cambridge University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-521-44015-7
Incoherent Empire, Verso, 2003. ISBN 1-85984-582-7
Fascists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-521-53855-6.
The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-521-53854-1.
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 3, Global Empires and Revolution, 1890-1945, Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1107655478.
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 4, Globalizations, 1945-2011, Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-107-61041-5.