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MML (Manchester); MA (Warburg Institute, London); Ph.D. (Harvard)
Assistant Professor, Department of History, CUHK


Address: Room 221e, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 3943 7858

Note: Professor McManus is on leave in term 1, 2019-2020 at Princeton University’s Davis Center for Historical Research.

Stuart M. McManus is an historian and classicist working on slavery, law and empire in world history from a global and multi-ethnic perspective. He received his Ph.D. in history (secondary field in classical philology) from Harvard. Prior to coming to CUHK, he taught Mexican and ancient Mediterranean history for two years at the University of Chicago, where he was the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. He is currently completing a book on the global history of renaissance humanism based on primary research in 13 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia, and is beginning work on a second book on global abolitionism with a focus on the reception of Roman slave law in the early modern world and its interactions with Chinese, South Asian, African and indigenous American concepts of slavery and freedom.

In addition, he is the author of over 20 articles, book chapters and reviews that have appeared in Hispanic American Historical Review, Latino Studies, Colonial Latin American Review, Renaissance Quarterly, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte and other similar venues. He also has interests in the history of African American classical scholarship, has published on Latinx historiography, and has a budding interest in Chinese humanities.

His second book project on the global history of abolitionism has recently been awarded a Humboldt Yale History Network Travel Grant and a 2-year Early Career Scheme Grant from the Research Grants Council (HK$584,080). He has also received fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Mellon Foundation-CLIR, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Huntington Library, the Lilly Library, the John Carter Brown Library and the Warburg Institute.

He is also an Associate of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago, and a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Selected Publications


Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Gender, Reproduction, Neo-Roman Law & Slavery in Early Modern Portuguese Asia” forthcoming (solicited & submitted for special issue on reproduction) Gender & History (2020). 

“The Bibliotheca Mexicana Controversy & Creole Patriotism in Early Modern Mexico,” Hispanic American Historical Review, 98.1 (2018), 1-41. 

“Eloquence & Ethnohistory: Indigenous Loyalty, Chinese Treachery & the Making of a Tagalog Letrado,” Colonial Latin American Review, 27.4(2018), 522-574 (with Dana Leibsohn).

“Imperial History without Provincial Loyalty?  Reading Roman History in Renaissance Japan,” KNOW: A Journal On the Formation of Knowledge, 3.1 (2019), 123-157.

Aenigma Omnibus: The Transatlantic Humanism of Zinzendorf & the Early Moravians,” forthcoming (accepted) in Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes, 82(2019) (with Thomas Keeline). 

Servitutem Levem et Modici Temporis Esse Arbitrantes: Jesuit Schedulae & Japanese Limited-Term Servitude in Gomes Vaz’s De mancipiis Indicis,” forthcoming (in press) in Bulletin of Portuguese Japanese Studies.  

“Hip-Hop Historiography: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton & the Latinx Historical Imagination,” Latino Studies, 16.2(2018), 259-267. 

“The Exemplary Power of Antiquity: Humanist Rhetoric & Ceremony in Seventeenth-Century New Spain,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, 37 (2018), 96-110.

Classica Americana: An Addendum to the Censuses of Pre-1800 Latin Texts from British North America,” Humanistica Lovaniensia: Journal of Neo-Latin Studies, 67.2(2018), 421-461.

“Humanismo en la ciudad mundial: Gaspar de San Agustín,” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, 87.2(2018), 111-130.

“The Art of Being a Colonial Letrado: Learned Sociability & Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century Mexico City,” Estudios de Historia Novohispana, 56 (2017), 40-64.

“Benjamin Larnell, the Last Latin Poet at Harvard Indian College,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 108 (2015), 621-42 (with Thomas Keeline). 

Philologia Ancilla Historiae: An Emendation to Lex Burgundionum 42,2,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Romanistiche Abteilung, 131 (2014), 414-23 (with Charles Donahue Jr.).

“A New Source on Renaissance Color: Uberto Decembrio’s De candore,” The Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes, 76(2013), 251-63.

“Byzantines in the Florentine Polis: Ideology, Statecraft & Ritual during the Council of Florence,” Journal of the Oxford University History Society, 6 (2009), 1-23.



*“Slavery & Race in Seventeenth-Century Portuguese Asia” forthcoming (solicited) in Jyotsna G. Singh, ed., Blackwell Companion to the Global Renaissance (Malden: Blackwell-Wiley, 2020). 

“World Philology: Indo-Humanism & Jesuit Indigenous-Language Scholarship,” in Ines G. ┼Żupanov, ed., Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), 737-758.

“An Indigenous View of the British Occupation of Manila, 1762-64,” forthcoming (in press) in Christina H. Lee & Ricardo Padrón, eds, The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources (Amsterdam: Arc Humanities Press, 2019).

*“Tyrannicide in Cicero, Brutus 331,” in Michael Fontaine & Charles McNamara, eds, Quasi Labor Intus: Festschrift in Honor of Reginald Foster (New York: Paideia, 2018), 79-98. 

“Move Over Da Vinci!  Latin America’s Heritage of Learning,” Revista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Cambridge, Mass., DRCLAS, 2012), 14-16. 

“Renaissance Encounters: Byzantium Meets the West at the Council of Ferrara-Florence 1438-9,” in Marina S. Brownlee & Dimitri Gondicas, eds, Renaissance Encounters: Greek East & Latin West (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 35-56 (with Judith Herrin).