Professor Manning is Dean of the College of Business Administration. He received his PhD degree with a specialization in Comparative International Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. His MA degree in Economic History is from Northern Illinois University and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University in Comparative Political Systems. Professor Manning has held academic appointments at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahad University (Saudi Arabia), Rochester Institute of Technology, (including endowed Chair in Globalization), Georgetown University, American University, and Smithsonian Institution. He is a past Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Yucatan and University of Oaxaca, Mexico. Professor Manning has taught and/or conducted research in Australia, Canada, Cuba, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and throughout the United States. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance (IHELG) at the University of Houston Law School. Professor Manning has received numerous academic awards and research fellowships. His current research on Financial Engineering and Consumer Debt will be published in 2019-20.
Professor Manning is author of the internationally acclaimed book, CREDIT CARD NATION: America’s Dangerous Addiction to Credit (2000) as well as LIVING WITH DEBT: A Life-Stage Analysis of Changing Attitudes and Behaviors (2005), and THE BLENDED WALMART BUSINESS MODEL: MoneyCenters, Banco Walmart de Mexico, and the Formidable Challenge Facing Credit Unions (2010). He was also Editorial advisor of the award winning documentary, IN DEBT WE TRUST: America Before the Bubble Bursts (2007). Professor Manning has testified as an expert witness before US Senate and House of Representatives and other federal and state regulatory agencies. His work on behalf of consumers contributed to the 2009 Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure (CARD) Act and the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He has also served as an expert witness on behalf of consumers in a wide range of class-action lawsuits including a 2012 US Supreme Court decision. Over the last decade, Dr Robert has been interviewed and cited in nearly every major media in the United States.
Professor Manning’s research on the GCC region focuses on the rise of entrepreneurship, consumer credit and debt, investor protection policies, changing insolvency laws, and economic ramifications of changing demographic patterns. He is Principal Investigator of two International-Comparative projects: “Aspirations and Obstacles to Entrepreneurship,” and “Competitive Consumption, Credit Cards, and Household Debt"