Matthew McManus

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Professor McManus’ interest in politics was sparked at a young age when he was involved with Amnesty International and other human rights campaigns at his high school. He completed his Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in 2010, developing a more pronounced interest in theory alongside practical politics.  His L.L.M thesis at the National University of Ireland focused on the philosophical justifications of law.  After receiving a Chancellor Bennett Scholarship, Professor McManus moved to Toronto to complete his PhD in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. His work there focused on developing a theory of human dignity and rights, along with more down to earth empirical research on cyber bullying and the democratic participation of marginalized communities.

After graduating with his PhD in 2017 Professor McManus completed his post-doctoral research on the family law problems of low-income families, before completing a brief stint as an analyst with the Committee for International Justice and Accountability that same summer. He then spend two years as a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City, where he published four books and several journal articles. These include The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism and Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law. His forthcoming work includes the monograph Liberalism and Liberal Rights: A Critical Legal Argument and serving as editor of the essay collection collection Liberalism and Socialism: Embittered Kin or Moral Enemies. In 2020 he joined the faculty of Politics at Whitman College.


PhD in Socio-Legal Studies, York University, Toronto, 2017

L.L.M in International Human Rights Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2011

Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2010

Pol-316 ST: Citizenship and Democracy in North America Syllabus

Pol-204 ST: Introduction to Human Rights Theory Syllabus

Pol-101 A: Introduction to the Political Right Syllabus

Research Statement

There are two main prongs to my research. The first is defending a cosmopolitan conception of liberal socialism centered around the moral ideal of securing and amplifying human dignity for all. The second is analyzing the reactions to post-modern culture-from post-modern conservatism to new forms of identity politics. My theoretical interests include the political right, the critique of pot-modernity, and human rights theory.

Book Manuscripts

McManus, Matthew. Liberalism and Socialism: Mortal Enemies or Estranged Kin? (Palgrave MacMillan, Essay Collection. Contracted. To be released in 2021)

McManus, Matthew. Liberalism and Liberal Rights: A Critical Legal Argument. (Palgrave MacMillan. Contracted. To be released in 2020-2021)

McManus, Matthew and Hamilton, Conrad, and Trejo, Marion and Burgis, Ben. Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson. Zero Books (2020)

McManus, Matthew. What Is Post-Modern Conservatism?: Essays on our Hugely Tremendous Times. Zero Books (2020)

McManus, Matthew. Overcoming False Necessity: Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law. University of Wales Press, Series on International Law. (2019)

McManus, Matthew. The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism: Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics. Palgrave MacMillan, Series on Liberalism. (2019)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

McManus, Matthew. “Liberal and Democratic Egalitarian Rights: A Critical Legal Conception.” Law, Culture, and Humanities, Online, June 2020

McManus, Matthew. “Some Remarks on Marx’s Philosophy and Philosophical Methodology.” Cultural Logic, Vol 23, April 2019

McManus, Matthew. “Linguistic Meaning, Rigid Designators, and Legal Philosophy.” Philosophies. April 2019

McManus, Matthew. “A Critical Legal Conception of Human Dignity.” The Journal of Human Rights. Online, January 2019

McManus, Matthew. “On The Political Thought of Alain Badiou.” Cosmos and History. Cosmos and History, Vol 14 (3), December 2018

McManus, Matthew. “Post-Modern Conceptions of Agency” Philosophies, Vol 3(4), October 2018

McManus, Matthew. “The Post-Modernism of the Right and the Need for Constructive Thinking.” InternationalJournal of Zizek Studies, Vol 12 (3), September 2018

McManus, Matthew. “Science, Philosophy, and the Return of Time: Reflections on Speculative Thought.” Cosmos and History, Vol 13 (3), December 2017, pp 238-262.

McManus, Matthew and Jacobs, Lesley. “The Cost of Justice for Canadians and Consumer Problems in Everyday Life” Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, December 2017, pp 148-155.

McManus, Matthew and O’Callaghan, Connor. “Human Capabilities and Rights in a Latin American Context.” Entretextos, Vol 27 (9), December 217

McManus, Matthew. "Becoming to Belong: On Human Consciousness and the Absolute." Journal of the European Legacy, Vol 21 (1), 2016, pp 52-70 

Lesley Jacobs with Matthew McManus and Nachshon Goltz, Privacy Rights in the Global Digital Economy: Legal Problems and Canadian Paths to Justice.  Toronto, Irwin Law, 2014. (Personal Contribution: 20%) 

Book Reviews

McManus, Matthew. “Review of Robert Brandom´s A Spirit of Trust: A Reading of the Phenomenology of Spirit.” Historical Materialism, June 2020

McManus, Matthew. “Review of Roberto Unger and Lee Smolin’s The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time.” Philosophies, Vol 3, July 2018

McManus, Matthew and O’Callaghan, Connor. “Review of Gerard Bouchard’s Inter-culturalism: A View From Quebec.” Canadian Review of Social Policy, Vol 77, February 2018.  

Selected Academic Magazine and Newspaper Articles

McManus, Matthew. “Don’t Buy Dave Rubin’s Book” Jacobin, May 2020

McManus, Matthew. “Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson.” Philosophical Salon, March 2020

McManus, Matthew. “The Dark Sides of Conservatism.” The Hill Times, November 2019

McManus, Matthew. “The Information Bomb and the Mental Bunker.” Arc Digital, November 2019

McManus, Matthew. “On Neoliberalism.” Philosophical Salon, January 2019