Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Sam McKegney

Professor and Department Head of English

PhD Queen's 

  • Indigenous literatures
  • Hockey and Canadian culture
  • Indigenous masculinities
  • Prison writing
  • Contemporary Canadian literature (as well as its precursors)
  • CV/Bio (PDF 287 KB), Website

"My name is Sam McKegney, and I’m a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures. My teaching and research seek to register the ways in which Indigenous literary artists: (1) interrogate ongoing settler colonialism; (2) imagine modes of sociality that exceed the confines of the settler state; and (3) provoke extra-textual responses from Indigenous, settler, and diasporic readers that might contribute to decolonization. I’m fascinated and troubled by the study of masculinity and sport—particularly hockey—in settler colonial contexts."



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2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 290 001/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach

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. Ed. Neal McLeod. 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. Republished in Hockey: Challenging Canada’s Game, edited by Jenny Ellison and Jennifer Anderson, Canadian Museum of History and Ottawa University Press, 2018, pp. 97-110.

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)


  • 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)