Stuart M. McManus is a humanist and legal historian working on law, slavery and empire in world history from a global and multi-ethnic perspective. He also has interests in the history of classical scholarship and Chinese humanities. 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 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, 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 more than 30 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 and an Early Career Scheme 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).
PUBLICATIONS – BOOKS
PUBLICATIONS – PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
*Honorable Mention, Franklin Pease G.Y. Prize for Best Article in CLAR 2017-2018.
PUBLICATIONS – BOOK CHAPTERS & ESSAYS (*PEER-REVIEWED)
|1619: The Global Origins of American Slavery
|Slavery & Freedom in the Early Modern World
|Empire of Eloquence: The Classical Rhetorical Tradition in the Early Modern World