MML (Manchester); MA (Warburg Institute, London); Ph.D. (Harvard); FRAS
Assistant Professor, Department of History, CUHK
Affiliated Scholar, Faculty of Law, Centre for Transnational and Comparative Law (Transnational Legal History Group), CUHK
Associate Director, Centre for Comparative and Public History
Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, Research Institute for the Humanities
Stuart M. McManus is a scholar of Renaissance law and letters in global context. He also has interests in the history of classical scholarship, Chinese humanities and the application of digital tools to historical research.
He received his Ph.D. in history (secondary field in classical philology) from Harvard University, where he also studied civil law. Prior to coming to CUHK, he taught Mexican and ancient Mediterranean legal history for two years at the University of Chicago, where he was the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. His book, entitled Empire of Eloquence, on the global history of renaissance humanism (based on primary research in 13 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia) was published Cambridge University Press in 2021, and he is beginning work on a second book on the global legal background of the famous 1619 slave voyage to Virginia. In 2019, Professor McManus was on leave at Princeton University’s Davis Center for Historical Studies as part of the Center’s “Law & Legalities” theme, and in 2021 he was a visiting fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.
In addition, he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters that have appeared in the American Historical Review, 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. Several of these have received prizes, including the Royal Historical Society’s 2021 David Berry Prize. He has also served as a reader for the American Historical Review and other journals and presses.
His second project has recently been awarded a Humboldt Yale History Network Travel Grant, a General Research Fund Grant, an Early Career Scheme Grant (ECS) and a General Research Fund (GRF) grant from the Research Grants Council. 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 (UK).
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Book Chapters (*Peer-reviewed)
|2021-24||1619: The Global Origins of American Slavery
General Research Fund Project (Research Grants Council)
|2019-22||Slavery & Freedom in the Early Modern World
General Early Career Scheme (Research Grants Council)
|2018-19||Empire of Eloquence: The Classical Rhetorical Tradition in the Early Modern World
Direct Grant for Research, Faculty of Arts