Mark Stansbury was born in Texas and studied for an A.B. at Harvard College and a Ph.D. at Boston College. He also studied for two years at the Seminar für Mittellateinische Philologie in Münster, Germany, thanks to a Fulbright grant, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the early manuscript culture of Ireland for the Foundations of Irish Culture Project at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway.
His research is concerned with the transmission and reception of classical culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. His work on the textual side of this question has focused on the commentary tradition, including a translation (with Christopher McDonough and Richard Prior) and introduction to the commentary on the fourth book of the Aeneid by the late-antique grammaticus Servius. More recently, he has worked on the manuscript side of this question, focusing on the ways that Insular scholars transformed Roman written culture and transmitted it back to the Continent. The first results of this work will be a catalogue of manuscripts in Irish script written before ca. 800, and a handlist of writers cited in the earliest Latin writing by Irish scholars. This will lead to a broader project focusing on the transition from Late-Roman to Early Medieval script. In addition, he is interested in ways to display critical editions electronically and in the computer classification of scripts.