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Eva Mackey


Degrees:H.B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Sussex); Ph.D. (Sussex)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6697
Office:1209 Dunton Tower


Eva Mackey completed an Honours BA in Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Spanish at the University of Toronto in 1989 as a mature student. She then went to the UK on a Commonwealth Scholarship to study social anthropology at the University of Sussex. She received an MA in 1990 and a D.Phil in 1996. Her MA thesis examined the conflict about the “Into the Heart of Africa” exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1999. Her doctoral thesis examined cultural pluralism and national identity in Canada. After completing her doctorate, she took up a postdoctoral fellowship in Australia, studying the rise of the new right and conflict over aboriginal rights. She then had a post-doctoral fellowship in the York University Department of Sociology. She became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University in 2001, and acted as the Graduate Director for several years until coming to Carleton in 2007.

Eva has published two books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on issues concerning nationalism, identity, whiteness, multiculturalism, cultural politics, and Indigenous land rights in Canada and Australia.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include the politics of culture, identity, nation, race, rights, representation and history within the context of colonial /national/ global processes. My key research questions concern the limits and possibilities of modernity, liberalism and settler colonialism regarding cultural difference and governance. Specific projects have examined multiculturalism, national identity and the politics of culture in Canada; contests about race and representation in Canada; and Aboriginal rights “backlash” and decolonization in settler nations.

Selected Publications


Mackey, Eva. 2016. Unsettled Expectations: Uncertainty, Land and Settler Decolonization. Fernwood Publishing.

Mackey, Eva. 2002. The House of Difference: Cultural Politics and National Identity in Canada. University of Toronto Press (Paperback). Also published in 1999 by Routledge (UK) hardcover.

Articles and Chapters

Mackey, Eva. 2014. Unsettling Expectations: (Un)certainty, Settler States of Feeling, Law, and Decolonization. Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit et Société, 29, pp 235-252 ( Winner of the 2015 Canadian Law and Society Association English Article Prize).

Mackey, Eva. 2013. “The Apologizers Apology” for Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham (eds). Reconciling Canada: Historical Injustices and the Contemporary Culture of Redress. University of Toronto Press.

Mackey, Eva.  2012. “Tricky Myths: settler pasts and landscapes of innocence.” In Peter Hodgins and Nicole Neatby, (eds.) Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Mackey, Eva. 2012. “Multiculturalism” In Michael Groden, Martin Kriesworth and Imre Szeman (Eds).  Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory – The Johns Hopkins Guide. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 336-342.  Revised version of Mackey, Eva. 2004. Definition of “Multiculturalism” In Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Criticism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Mackey, Eva. 2011. “Competing or relational autonomies? Globalization, Property and Friction over land rights.” In William Coleman (ed.) Property, Territory,  Globalization: Struggles over Autonomy. University of British Columbia Press

Mackey, Eva. 2009.  “Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in a Multicultural Nation: Contests over Truth in the Into the Heart of Africa Controversy.” In Imre Szeman (ed) Between Empires: A Canadian Cultural Studies Reader. Duke University Press. Originally published in Public Culture 7(2): 403-431. 1995.

Mackey, Eva. 2007. “’Death by Landscape:’ Race, Nature and Gender in Canadian Nationalist mythology”. In Eugenia Sojka (ed) (De)Constructing Canadianness: Myth of the Nation and its Discontents Wydawa Publishers, Poland. Originally published in Canadian Women’s Studies Volume 20, Number 2. Summer 2000: 125-130.

Mackey, Eva. 2005. “Universal’ rights in national and local conflicts: ‘backlash’ and ‘benevolent resistance’ to indigenous land rights,” Anthropology Today 21, 2:14-20.

Mackey, Eva. 2004. Definition of “Multiculturalism”, in Johns Hopkin’s Guide to Literary Criticism. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Mackey, Eva. 2002. The House of Difference: Cultural Politics and National Identity in Canada. University of Toronto Press (Paperback). Also published in 1999 by Routledge (UK) hardcover.

Mackey, Eva. 2002 Review of The dark side of the nation: essays on multiculturalism, nationalism and gender (Himani Bannerji), and Multiculturalism and the history of Canadian diversity (Richard Day) American Ethnologist Volume 29, Number 2: 475-77

Mackey, Eva. 1999. “Constructing an Endangered Nation: Risk, Race and Rationality in Australia’s Native Title Debate,” in Deborah Lupton, ed., Risk and Sociocultural Theory: New Directions and Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.

Mackey, Eva. 1998. “Becoming Indigenous: Land,Belonging, and the Appropriation of Aboriginality in Canadian Nationalist Narratives,”Social Analysis (42):2:149–178.

Mackey, Eva. 1997. “The Cultural Politics of Populism: Celebrating Canadian National Identity,” in Anthropology of Policy, (Routledge) edited by Cris Shore and Susan Wright.

Mackey, Eva. 1995. “Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in a Multicultural Nation: Contests over Truth in the Into the Heart of Africa Controversy” Public Culture Winter 1995 7(2): 403-431;

Selected Awards

  • 2011-12 Massey University (New Zealand) International Visitor Research Fund. With Dr. Avril Bell. Project: “Living Treaty Relationships.”
  • 2011. BRCSS Distinguished Visiting Scholar – Massey University New Zealand (BRCSS, the Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences Network):
  • 2010. International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) International Research Linkages Grant: Title: “Living Together Differently: Indigene-Settler-Migrant Relations in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand”. With Dr. Avril Bell, Massey University, New Zealand
  • 2008. Fulbright Traditional Scholar Award — Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2004. SSHRC Standard Grant: Principle Investigator (April 2004 to April 2008) Title: Human Rights and Property in Settler Nations
  • 2002. SSHRC MCRI grant – Globalization and Autonomy. Co-investigator. Principle Investigator Will Coleman – (2002-7). Sub-project Title: “Globalization, Autonomy and Conflicts over Citizenship”
  • 1999. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada — Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1999-2001
  • 1997. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA — Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship 1997-98
  • 1997. Charles Sturt University, Australia — Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1997 – 1999

Recent Graduate Supervisions

  • Kelly Black (PhD) Thesis Title: “An Archive of Settler Belonging: Local Feeling, Land, and the Forest Resource on Vancouver Island” Defended Oct. 2017
  • Robyn Green. (PhD) Canadian Studies. Thesis Title: “Recovering Subjects: Investment in an Era of Reconciliation.”​ Defended April 2016.
  • Kieran McKinnon Master of Arts Canadian Studies MRP paper. Title: “Multiculturalizing Wilderness: Settler Belonging and Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp Program” (completed May 2016)
  • Diana Cullen 2014-2015 –(with Pauline Rankin) MRP paper. Title: “Hope in the Unsettled: The Power of Haunting in Deconstructing Settler Narratives” completed August 2015
  • Dustin Schultz, Major Research Paper in Canadian Studies “Imposing Certainty: The Ontario Far North Act (2010)” completed Aug 2015
  • Sarah Baker, Major Research Paper in Canadian Studies “Invisibl[ized] Women: Exploring the Gendered Dynamics of Homelessness Discourse”  2014
  • Emma Gooch, Major Research Paper in Canadian Studies “Our Story Within: Mapping “Home” in Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line and A Map of Glass”2015
  • Kelly Black, Major Research Paper: “Enacting Settler Property, Advancing Indigenous Dispossession: The Coloniality of Property Relations on Southern Vancouver Island”  2011
  • Samah Sabra (PhD): “(Re)negotiated Identifications: Reproducing and Challenging the Meanings of Arab, Canadian, and Arab Canadian Identities in Ottawa. “(2012) Nominated for Senate Medal
  • Besmira Alikaj: MA Research paper – program in Political Economy: “The Corporate Socially Responsible University: A case study of Carleton University’s Transportation Demand management.” (2011)
  • Melissa Orr : MA Research Paper Carleton University – Canadian Studies. “Afrocentric Schools and the end of Multiculturalism” (2009)
  • Cindy Gaudet: MA Research Paper Carleton University – Canadian Studies. “Metis Women and Memory: Learning to Live beyond the Wounds of History” (2009)
  • Ron Roy: MA Research Paper Carleton University – Canadian Studies. “An imagined village in the heart of Ottawa:  A community case study of Westboro” (2008)
  • Jaimy Miller: MA thesis McMaster Department of Anthropology. “Who can make a land claim? Identity,and the Papaschase Band. ” (2006.)
  • Rosette Adera: MA in Globalization, 2006. McMaster University. “Gender Roles and Pedagogies of Mobilization in the Rwandan Genocide.” (2006)