Manuel Baumbach is Professor of Classical Philology at the Ruhr University Bochum.
He studied English, Classical Philology, and Philosophy in Innsbruck, Heidelberg, and Cambridge (Christ College) and completed his doctoral studies in Heidelberg in 1997 with a thesis entitled Lukian in Germany. A research and reception historical analysis from humanism to the present. From 1997 to 2004, he worked as Research Assistant in Heidelberg and from 2001 to 2002 he spent a year as Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. His habilitation followed in 2005 at the University of Gießen. From March 2005 to September 2009, he served as Chair of Greek studies at the University of Zurich before joining the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in October 2009.
His main research interests are Hellenistic poetry (including Poseidippos of Pella and Theocritus), the Greek novel and the Greek epigram, the Second Sophistic (especially Lucian), as well as the history of reception and science.