Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Sam McKegney

Associate Professor

PhD Queen's, Sam McKegney CV/Bio (PDF 287 KB), Website

613-533-6000, ext. 74388

Office: Watson Hall, Room 435

2019-20 Courses

  • ENGL 389 001/6.0 Context North America: Context Turtle Island – Gender and Resurgence in Contemporary Indigenous Literatures
  • ENGL 489 001-2/3.0 Group III: Special Topics IV – Canadian Hockey Literature


  • Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Research (2017)
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Scholarship Award from The Canadian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (WGSRF) for Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (2016)
  • Co-Winner, Graduate Coordinator of the Year, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University (2016)
  • Co-Recipient, Queen’s University Human Rights Initiative Award, along with the other members of the Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledges Initiative (2015)
  • Best Essay Prize in Canadian Literature for the essay “pain, pleasure, shame. Shame’—Masculine Embodiment, Kinship, and Indigenous Reterritorialization” (2015)
  • Fourth Year Students’ Teaching Award, Department of English, Queen’s University (2013)

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
  • literary activism

Recent Publications

Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, February 2014.

“‘pain, pleasure, shame. Shame’—Masculine Embodiment, Kinship, and Indigenous Reterritorialization.” Canadian Literature 216, Spring 2014. 12-33. (Winner of the Canadian Literature Award for Best Essay 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, March 2014. (Winner of the Gabrielle Roy Award for best work of Canadian Literary Criticism.) 

"Strong Men Stories: A Roundtable on Indigenous Masculinities with Richard Van Camp, Warren Cariou, Gregory Scofield, and Daniel Heath Justice.” In Indigenous Masculinities Reader. Eds. Kimberly Anderson, Robert Innes, and Jonathan Swift. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

With Trevor Phillips. “Decolonizing the Hockey Novel: Ambivalence and Apotheosis in Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse.” Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature, edited by Jamie Dopp and Angie Abdou, Athabasca University Press, 2018, pp. 167-84.

With Sarah Henzi. “Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community,” Canadian Literature, vol. 228, no. 9, 2017. (Special Double Issue Edited)

With Kristina Bidwell. “Our Multiple Communities and the Full Humanity of Indigenous Peoples.” Learn, Teach, Challenge: Teaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century, edited by Linda Morra and Deanna Reder, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016, pp. 309-316.

Current Supervisions

Catherine André, Andrew Law, Jamieson Ryan (about students)