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ECS graduate Dr. Sandra Muse Isaacs has been appointed Assistant Professor of English Language, Literature & Creative Writing at The University of Windsor.

Professor of Indigenous Literature, Sandra Muse Isaacs is of Eastern Cherokee descent (Ani-tsisqua, Bird Clan) and Gaelic heritage (Clan MacRae). She is an alumnus of the University of Windsor (BA, English; MA, English and Creative Writing), and holds a PhD in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster. Dr. Muse Isaacs is one of five new tenure-track faculty members hired through the University of Windsor’s President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program, which responds to the historic under-representation of Indigenous peoples in leadership roles on campus.

Muse Isaacs’s research encompasses Indigenous literature and critical theory, Indigenous oral storytelling, orality theory, oral histories and creative writing. Her work examines the parallels between Indigenous oral traditions and their Earth-connected teachings. She notes that much of Indigenous literature is based on ancient oral stories foundational to more than 500 nations/tribes throughout Turtle Island (North America). She also is interested in the interstices of Cherokee society and that of early Scottish settlers, along with the parallels between Indigenous cultures here and ancient Gaelic culture.

Her first book, Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance, will be released in fall 2019 through the University of Oklahoma Press. The work documents and examines Eastern Cherokee Oral Tradition as both an ancient and contemporary literary form with emphasis on cultural survivance, nationhood, Indigenous resistance, and tribal sovereignty, along with its modern usage in land reclamation, cultural regeneration, and language revitalization.

For more on Dr. Muse Isaacs’s work, or her upcoming courses, click here.