Dr. James Mackay

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department : Department of Humanities
Position : Assistant Professor, American Literature

Dr. James Mackay Mailing Address

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Email: J.Mackay@euc.ac.cy J.Mackay@euc.ac.cy


Dr James Mackay researches and writes primarily in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies. He gained his Ph.D in American Studies from King’s College London with a doctoral thesis titled “‘Doubt is Cast’: Imposture and Exaggeration in Native American Literature, 1970-2008,” which examined writers whose claims to Native American heritage turned out to be either false or significantly exaggerated. A monograph based on this thesis is under contract with Minnesota UP. James has also published articles and edited collections on various Native writers, including Diane Glancy, Jim Barnes and Gerald Vizenor. Recent research has moved to looking at ways in which indigeneity is constructed and represented in both Native and non-Native authored work. Other research areas include Anglo-Welsh poetry, the literature of migration, and the application of evolutionary psychology to the study of literature. James’ commitment to social activism and anti-racism includes serving as Secretary for the NGO KISA (www.kisa.org.cy), and authoring the 2008 European Network Against Racism shadow report on Cyprus. He lectures on a wide variety of topics, including American Fiction, Shakespeare and research and writing metholologies.


Ph.D (American Studies), King’s College London, UK
M.A. (English), University of Warwick, UK
B.A. (English), University of Warwick, UK


Edited Collections
  • The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy. Cambridge: Salt, 2010.
  • “The Welsh Background: Jim Barnes and Dylan Thomas” The Salt Companion to Jim Barnes. Ed. A. Robert Lee (Cambridge: Salt, 2010)
  • “Damned Lies? Evolutionary Theory, Quantitative Literary Analysis and Pauline Johnson’s Legends of Vancouver.” Long Histories: Native American Literatures 1492-1900. Ed. Simone Pellerin (Bordeaux University Press, 2010)
  • “Introduction: Red State Poet.” The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy. Ed. James Mackay (Cambridge: Salt, 2019)
  • “Ghosts in the Gaps: Diane Glancy’s Paradoxes of Survivance.” Survivance: Narratives of Native Presence. Ed. Gerald Vizenor (Lincoln: Nebraska UP, 2008), pp. 247-269
  • “Last Lectures: Gerald Vizenor as Campus Novelist.” Gerald Vizenor: Profils Américains 20. Ed. Simone Pellerin (Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2007), pp. 97-110
  • “Google Scholarship, WikiScholarship: Research in the Age of Web 2.0.” Resources for American Studies: The Journal of the Association for American Studies Resources Sub-Committee (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007), pp. 1-26
  • “That Awkwardness is Important: An Interview with Diane Glancy.” The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy. Ed. James Mackay (Cambridge: Salt, 2009)
Review essays
  • “Native American Critical Theory.” Journal of American Studies 41.3 (December 2007), pp. 675-681.


  • She Drove on the Highway as if Going Somewhere, but She was Stuck in Space’: Diane Glancy’s Images of Individualism.” Indigeneity and the Arts: Visual Cultures and Communication (3rd NSRN International Conference), University of Kent (June 2011).
  • “Pauline Johnson and the Measure of Beauty: Theory Wars in First Nations Literature.” ACLALS, University of Cyprus (June 2010).
  • “Tropes and Realities: Vizenor and Nationalist Criticism after the White Earth Constitution.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (May 2010).
  • “Native American Erotica and Literary Nationalism.” Invited lecture. University of Nicosia (Feb 2010).
  • “Bones, Boxers and the Skeletons of Bears: Gerald Vizenor’s Pornographic Gaze.” Gerald Vizenor Symposium. Taiwan Normal University, Taipei (Jan, 2010).
  • “Male Beauty: A Statistical Analysis of Coast Salishan Folktales.” Native Studies Research Network Colloquium, University of London (Sept 2008)
  • “Damned Lies and Statistics? Evolutionary Psychology and Quantitative Literary Study in a Postcolonial Context.” Before Yesterday: The Long History of Native American Writing. Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier III (May 2008)
  • “Beyond the Rhetoric of Authenticity: The Aesthetics of Hyemeyohsts Storm’s Seven Arrows.” BAAS Conference, University of Leicester (Apr. 2007)
  • “Online Research in the Humanities: The Interaction between Google and Wikipedia, and Their Impact on American Studies in Europe.” Swiss Association of American Studies Conference, Geneva (Nov. 2006)
  • “Chancers and the Campus Novel Tradition.” Gerald Vizenor: Litterateur, Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier III (June 2006)
  • “Science, Non-science & Nonsense in Vine Deloria, Jr’s Evolution, Creationism and Other Myths.” BAAS Conference, University of Kent (Apr. 2006)
  • “Reading the Rhizome: The Reader as Character in Gerald Vizenor.” New Visions: The Writer in Literature and Criticism, UEA (May 2002)
Academic Event Organisation
  • Organiser, “Constitutional Criticism and White Earth” (special panel). Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (May 2010).
  • Organiser, “Wiki Training Session” and “The Humanities in the Age of Web 2.0” (double panel session). BAAS Conference, University of Edinburgh (March 2008)
  • Panel Organiser / Chair, “Google Scholarship, WikiScholarship: Information and Knowledge in the Internet Age.” BAAS Conference, University of Leicester (April 2007)
Related Work
  • Editor, Jambalaya: Warwick University Creative Writing Journal, 1997-1998
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