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Daniel Coleman, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Office: Chester New Hall 303
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23717

Areas of Interest

Canadian Literature; place-based ecological writing; settler colonial studies; Indigenous literary and cultural studies; the literary and cultural production of categories of privilege; the cultural and spiritual politics of reading.


Daniel Coleman has long been fascinated by the poetic power of narrative arts to generate a sense of place and community, critical social engagement and mindfulness, and especially wonder. As a reader, writer, and teacher, he is compelled by the long, slow project of unlearning naturalized injustices and sanctioned ignorance and is witness to the fact that fresh ways to learn still occur and have transformative power. Although he has committed considerable effort to learning in and from the natural world, he is still a bookish person who loves the learning that is essential to writing. He has written scholarly books about literature, masculinity, migration, and whiteness in Canada, and he has written literary non-fiction books about his upbringing among missionaries in Ethiopia, about the spiritual and cultural politics of reading, and about eco-human relations in Hamilton, Ontario, the post-industrial city where he lives in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the New Credit. He has edited books on early Canadian literary cultures, postcolonial masculinities, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, the creativity and resilience of refugee-d and Indigenous peoples, and international scholarship on Canadian literatures. He loves being co-director with his friend and colleague, Lorraine York, of CCENA, McMaster’s Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts.





Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place. Wolsak and Wynn, 2017.









The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Co-authors: Daniel Coleman and Benjamin Lefebvre.








Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-Ed Peoples. University of Alberta Press, 2012. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville, Wafaa Hasan, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Subhasri Ghosh, Jon Gordon, Catherine Graham, Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Mazen Masri, Jean McDonald and Pavithra Narayanan.





Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities. U of Alberta P, 2011. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman and Smaro Kamboureli.




In Bed with the Word: Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics. U of Alberta P, 2009.









White Civility: The Literary Project of English Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2006.






ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production. U of Alberta P, 2005. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman, Jennifer Blair, Kate Higginson, Lorraine York, and Carole Gerson.




Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in New Canadian Narratives. University of Toronto Press, 1998.





Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

Daniel Coleman. “The Good Mind and Trans-Systemic Thinking in the Two-Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud.” SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literature). Volume 31 · Numbers 1–2, Spring–Summer 2019, pp. 54-81.

Richard W. Hill, Sr. and Daniel Coleman. “The Two Row Wampum-Covenant Chain Tradition as a Guide for Indigenous-University Research Partnerships.” Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, 19.5 (2019): 339–359.

Daniel Coleman. “Afterword: A Two Row Ethics of Encounter.” Unravelling Encounters: Ethics, Knowledge, and Resistance Under Neoliberalism. Ed. Caitlin Janzen, Donna Jeffery, Kristin Smith. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2015. 265-276.

Daniel Coleman. “Indigenous Place and Diaspora Space: Of Literalism and Abstraction.” Settler Colonial Studies 6.1 (Feb 2016): 61-76. Web.

Daniel Coleman. “Afterword.” The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan by Ralph Connor. 1909. Early Canadian Literature reprint series. Waterloo:  Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014. 275-301.

Daniel Coleman. “Grappling with Respect: Copway and Traill in a Conversation that Never Took Place.” English Studies in Canada 39:2-3 (June/Sept 2013): 63- 88.

Daniel Coleman. “‘Playin’ ‘Mas,’ Hustling Respect: Multicultural Masculinities in Two Stories by Austin Clarke.” Austin Clarke: Essays on His Works. Ed. Camille A. Isaacs. Oakville: Guernica Editions, 2013. 113-147. (reprinted chapter from my book Masculine Migrations [1998]).

Daniel Coleman. “Beyond the Book: Reading as Public Intellectual Activity.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: U Toronto P, 2012. 205 -225.

Daniel Coleman. “Toward an Indigenist Ecology of Knowledges for Canadian Literary Studies.” Studies in Canadian Literature 37.2 (2012): 5-31.

Daniel Coleman. “Epistemic Justice, CanLit, and the Politics of Respect.” Canadian Literature 204 (Spring 2010): 124-126.