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MML (Manchester); MA (Warburg Institute, London); Ph.D. (Harvard)
Assistant Professor, Department of History, CUHK
Affiliated Scholar, Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law (Transnational Legal History Group), Faculty of Law, CUHK

Room 129, 1/F, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
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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 also has interests in the history of African American classical scholarship and Chinese humanities. He received his Ph.D. in history (secondary field in classical philology) from Harvard University. 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. His book on the global history of renaissance humanism (based on primary research in 13 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia) is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2021, and he is beginning work on a second book on the global history of the famous 1619 slave voyage to Virginia. During the fall of 2019, Professor McManus was on leave at Princeton University’s Davis Center for Historical Studies and is a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

In addition, he is the author of some 30 articles, book chapters and reviews that have appeared in Hispanic American Historical Review, Gender & History, Latino Studies, Catholic Historical Review, Colonial Latin American Review, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Renaissance Quarterly, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte and other similar venues, and has served as a peer-reviewer for the American Historical Review.

His second project 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 (USA), the Mellon Foundation-CLIR (USA), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Huntington Library (USA), the Lilly Library (USA), the John Carter Brown Library (USA) and the Warburg Institute (USA).

Research Interests
  • World History
  • History of Slavery & Freedom
  • Hispanic Culture
  • Global Classical Traditions
  • World Philology
Selected Publications


  • Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Law & Slavery in Early Modern Portuguese Asia” forthcoming Gender & History (2020).
  • “Scots at the Council of Ferrara-Florence and the Background to the Scottish Renaissance,” Catholic Historical Review, 106.3 (2020), 347-70.
  • Aenigma Omnibus? The Transatlantic Humanism of Zinzendorf & the Early Moravians,” Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes, 82 (2019), 315-356 (with Thomas Keeline).
  • “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).  
                   *Honorable Mention, Franklin Pease G.Y. Prize for Best Article in CLAR 2017-2018.
  • “Imperial History without Provincial Loyalty?  Reading Roman History in Renaissance Japan,” KNOW: A Journal On the Formation of Knowledge, 3.1 (2019), 123-157.
  • Servitutem Levem et Modici Temporis Esse Arbitrantes: Jesuit Schedulae & Japanese Limited-Term Servitude in Gomes Vaz’s De mancipiis Indicis,” Bulletin of Portuguese / Japanese Studies, ser. II, 4(2018), 77-99. 
  • “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. Županov, 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).
Research Projects
Year Research Project
Slavery & Freedom in the Early Modern World
Empire of Eloquence: The Classical Rhetorical Tradition in the Early Modern World
Awards and Honors
  • “Slavery & Freedom in the Early Modern World,” RGC Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong SAR Government, HK$584,080 (2020-2021).
  • “Law & Legalities” Fellowship, Davis Center, Princeton University (2019-2020).
  • Direct Grant for Research (HK$90,000), Faculty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019).
  • Humboldt Yale History Network Travel Grant, MacMillan Center, Yale University (2018).
  • Mendel Long-Term Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington (2018).
  • Finalist, Latin American Studies Association Maureen Ahern Doctoral Dissertation Award in Colonial Latin American Studies (2017).
  • Course Arts Resource Teaching Grant, University of Chicago (2016).
  • M. Keck Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (2016).
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