Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Emeritus Faculty

McMANAMON, John M., S.J.

Title/s:  Professor Emeritus

Office #:  Crown Center 502

Phone: 773.508.2221

Email: jmcmana@luc.edu

CV Link: McManamon-CV


John M. McManamon, S.J. (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1984; M.A., University of Detroit, 1975; B.A., University of Detroit, 1973) is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he first taught from 1984-1997 and then again from 2005-present.  He has offered a variety of courses, including both parts of the introductory Western Civilization curriculum; advanced undergraduate courses on Ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance, the Reformation, the History of the City of Rome, the Cult of Peter in Primitive Christianity, Shipwreck Archaeology, and Humor in Western History; and graduate courses on the Historiography of the Later Middle Ages / Renaissance, Urban and Social History of the Renaissance, Medieval and Renaissance Seafaring, and Medieval and Post-Medieval shipwrecks.  Fr. McManamon is an elected member of the Chair's Advisory committee and currently sits on the department’s Undergraduate Programs Committee and the Student Recognition Committee.  He is a former director of History’s Undergraduate Programs and former Academic Dean of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program for Jesuit Studies.

Fr. McManamon is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books, including The Text and Contexts of Ignatius Loyola’s “Autobiography” (Fordham University Press, 2013); the English translation of Maurizio Bettini’s Classical Indiscretions (Duckworth, 2001); Pierpaolo Vergerio the Elder and Saint Jerome: An Edition and Translation of “Sermones pro SanctoHieronymo” (Arizona State University, Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1999); Pierpaolo Vergerio the Elder: The Humanist as Orator (Arizona State University, Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996); and Funeral Oratory and the Cultural Ideals of Italian Humanism (University of North Carolina Press, 1989). He is also publisher of the research databases An Incipitarium of Funeral Orations and a Smattering of Other Panegyrical Literature from the Italian Renaissa‌nce (ca. 1350-1550)‌ and Research Aids: Pierpaolo Vergerio the Elder‌. In addition to these publications, Fr. McManamon has served as a staff archaeologist and dive safety officer on shipwreck surveys and excavations in Turkey, Bulgaria, Denmark, Malta and Morocco.

Fr. McManamon is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (Post-classical humanistic studies, 1982-83) and a Fellow of Villa I Tatti in Florence, the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies (NEH fellowship, 1985-86).  He has earned a number of other fellowships and grants, including Faculty Research Grants from Loyola University Chicago, the most recent in 2011-2012, a summer research grant from the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA (2009), and research grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1999 and 2001).  He won a fellowship to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities/Newberry Library Institute in the Italian Archival Sciences (1988).  Fr. McManamon worked as a Visiting Scholar in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A & M University (1997-98), and he has taught as a Visiting Professor at John Carroll University (1993), Loyola Marymount University (1999-2000), and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (2001-2002).  He began his teaching career offering courses in sophomore Latin and junior Greek in the Department of Classical Languages at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio (1975-1977).  On multiple occasions, he has been nominated for the Loyola Sujack Teaching Award, and he was voted Honors Teacher of the Year for Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in 1988.

Research Interests

Renaissance Europe, Italian Renaissance humanism, paleography and codicology, medieval nautical archaeology.

Courses Taught

HIST 101: Western Civilization to 1648 (regular and honors sections)
HIST 102: Western Civilization, 1648-present (regular and honors sections) 
HIST 300: Topics: The City of Rome, Ancient to Modern Times
HIST 300: Topics: Humor and Satire in Western History 
HIST 300: Senior Capstone Seminar 
HIST 309: History of Primitive Christianity 
HIST 314: The Italian Renaissance
HIST 315: The Reformation (regular and honors sections)
HIST 324: Shipwreck Archaeology 
HIST 396: Honors Colloquium: The Human Condition in Renaissance Thought
HIST 407: Ancient Rome
HIST 498: Medieval and Renaissance Seafaring
HIST 410: Medieval Post-Medieval Shipwrecks
HIST 415: Historiography of the Late Middle Ages / Renaissance 
HIST 488: Topics:  Medieval Seafaring
HIST 489: Topics:  Early Italian Humanism 
HIST 489: Topics:  Encounters (Europeans and Amerindians)
HIST 489: Topics:  Urban and Social History of the Italian Renaissance 
HIST 489: Topics:  Jesuit Evangelizing in the Early Modern Period
HIST 523: Seminar in Medieval History 
HIST 525: Seminar in European History 
HIST 4164: Ignatius and His Times

Selected Publications

Caligula's Barges and the Renaissance Origins of Nautical Archeology Under Water
. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press. 2016

The Text and Contexts of Ignatius Loyola’s “Autobiography”New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

With Jeffrey G. Royal. “At the Transition from Medieval to Early Modern: The Archaeology of Three Deepwater Wrecks from Turkey.” The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 39 (2010): 327-44.

With Jeffrey G. Royal.  “Three Renaissance Wrecks from Turkey and Their Implications for Maritime History in the Eastern Mediterranean.” The Journal of Maritime Archaeology 4 (2009): 103-29.

English translation: Maurizio Bettini. Classical Indiscretions.London: Duckworth, 2001 (Italian original, I classici nell’età dell’indiscrezione. Turin: Einaudi, 1995).

Pierpaolo Vergerio the Elder: The Humanist as Orator, Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies 163. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1996.

Funeral Oratory and the Cultural Ideals of Italian Humanism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.