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Professor Thomas Man Authors Acclaimed Book on Origins of British Colonial Governance

Professor Thomas Yunlong Man’s new book, English Colonization and the Formation of Anglo-American Polities, 1606-1664, is the first comprehensive examination of the formation of the uniquely “American” form of triadic government in the process of English colonization of North America during the first half of the seventeenth century.  The book, published in October 2015 by China Social Sciences Resources Press, draws heavily on theories that Professor Man developed while earning his Ph.D. in American Constitutional History from The Johns Hopkins University.  Before his career as a law professor and practicing lawyer, Professor Man taught in the History Department of Peking University and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

The eminent historian, Jack P. Greene, the Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities of The Johns Hopkins University, says of Professor Man’s book, “no modern work has thrown more light on [the origins of British colonial governance] than this original and penetrating study by Dr. (Thomas) Yunlong Man.”  Professor Greene adds that, “Man’s study is fundamental to the understanding of the origins of English colonial governance,” and “should be required reading for those who want to understand the full dimensions of early modern European expansion.”

Professor Man joined STL in 2014 after 17 years of law practice in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions with a number of leading multinational law firms in Chicago, Shanghai and Beijing, including as a partner with Baker & McKenzie, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Hogan Lovells and Morrison & Foerster.  During his law practice, Professor Man participated and led numerous cross-border transactions, including several projects that were named “Deal of the Year” in the China market by leading law publications (e.g., Texas Instruments investment in Chengdu, 2010, by China Business Law Journal, and Walwart investment in Yihaodian, 2012, by China Law & Practice).  He was listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Mergers & Acquisition and Project Finance categories by International Financial Law Review in 2011.

Professor Man’s teaching and research areas include evidence law, constitutional law and comparative judicial process, dual language contract drafting and interpretation, and anti-bribery and ethics in international business transactions.  He is a recipient of a grant from the “2011 Plan” of the PRC national government for his research in forensic examination and comparative judicial systems and he was appointed in 2015 to the governing board of the International Association of Evidence Science.