Professor Sam McKegney

Professor Sam McKegney

PhD Queen's

Chair, Graduate Studies

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
Office: Watson 408
Office Hours:
Extension: 74410

Office: Watson 435
Office Hours: Thurs. 1:30–3:30 pm, or by appointment
Extension: 74388

Research Interests

Indigenous literatures, contemporary Canadian literature (as well as its precursors), masculinity theory, Indigenous governance and its pursuit through art, carceral composition, multiculturalism as an ideal and in practice, hockey culture, and literary activism.

Recent Publications

  • Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, forthcoming February 2014.
  • “ ‘To fight against shame through love’: A Conversation on Life, Literature, and Indigenous Masculinities with Daniel Heath Justice,” Studies in American Indian Literatures (forthcoming Fall 2014).
  • “Indigenous Environmental Ethics and the Limits of Cultural Evolutionary Thinking,” Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthroposcene, ed. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Writer-Reader Reciprocity and the Pursuit of Alliance in Indigenous Poetry,” Sounding Out: Indigenous Poetics, eds. Neal McLeod and Natasha Beeds (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Beyond Continuance: Criticism of Indigenous Literatures in Canada,” The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, eds. James Cox and Daniel Heath Justice (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • “ ‘pain, pleasure, shame. Shame’—Masculine Embodiment, Kinship, and Indigenous Reterritorialization,” Canadian Literature 216 (2013): 12–33.
  • “Warriors, Healers, Lovers, and Leaders: Colonial Impositions on Indigenous Male Roles and Responsibilities,” Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities: An Interdisciplinary Reader, ed. Jason A. Laker (Toronto: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011).
  • With Keavy Martin, "Inuvialuit Critical Autobiography and the Carceral Writings of Anthony Apakark Thrasher." Canadian Literature 208 (special issue on prison writing, 2011).
  • “ ‘beautiful hunters with strong medicine’: Indigenous Masculinity and Kinship in Richard Van Camp’s The Lesser Blessed,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 29.1/2 (2009), special issue on Indigenous literatures and literary criticism.
  • “Indigenous Writing and the Residential School Legacy: A Public Interview with Basil Johnston,” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.2 (2009).


I’ve recently published a collection of interviews with Indigenous authors, theorists, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous masculinities. The collection is entitled Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (University of Manitoba Press, 2014), and it is the first in a two-volume SSHRC-funded project on Indigenous masculinities and literature. The second is a critical monograph tentatively titled “Carrying the burden of peace”: Imagining Indigenous Masculinities through Story. Other projects I currently have in process include a critical edition with Keavy Martin and Thomas Kimeksun Thrasher of Inuvialuit author Anthony Apakark Thrasher’s collected prison writings and collaborative studies of the role of literary art and gender awareness in Indigenous youth resiliency. My first book, which developed from my dissertation here at Queen's, is entitled Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School (University of Manitoba Press, 2007).

I am currently supervising doctoral dissertations with the following titles:

  • “Changing on the Fly: The Constitutive Power of Hockey in Canadian Indigenous Literature
  • “Emerging Voices: Reading Canadian Youth Online
  • “From Residential School to Remand: Incarcerated Aboriginals and Legacies of Colonialism”
  • Ininí Ádisókán (Man Stories): The (Re) Discovery of Masculinities Among the Mámíwininí (Algonquin People)”
  • “Re/mediating Indigenous Environmental Justice: Resource Extraction, Divergent Risk Perception, and Economic Equality in the North”
  • Unipkaaqtuat: Traditional Inuit Stories”

I am also engaged in committee work for doctoral projects on Indigenous curatorial practices and the memorializing imperatives of settler states, on utopian thought and settler colonialism, on Indigenous arts practices and the honouring of unofficial histories in the context of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on contemporary African child soldier narratives, and on the indigenization of mining engineering pedagogy. I welcome discussions of doctoral projects that intersect with any of my research interests.


Top: Thomas Thrasher’s shed on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories (June 2011).

Middle: Three-hour sunset, Paulatuk, Northwest Territories (August 2010).

Bottom: Cover image for Masculindians: Conversations on Indigenous Manhood; image: Dana Claxton’s “Daddy’s Got a New Ride” (2008) from her series Mustang Suite.