Dr Rebecca Macklin

Dr Rebecca Macklin


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures and Research Assistant in the School of Geography, where I work with Professor Jon Lovett. My research background is in Indigenous, postcolonial and world literatures, with an emphasis on gendered, racial, and environmental injustice and artistic expressions of resistance. In my capacity as Research Assistant, my work is focused on the socio-political and economic implications of the transition to renewable energy systems in remote global locations. I am particularly interested in Indigenous cultures and endangered languages, the relationship between gender and energy – particularly in terms of gender violence and reproductive health, and the extractive industries.

From 2017-18, I was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in English at Cornell University, where I worked with Professor Eric Cheyfitz and was affiliated with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. In addition, I teach on a range of modules in the School of English and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

I am currently writing a monograph informed by my PhD thesis. As the first substantive comparative study of contemporary Native American and South African fiction, this focuses on a range of novels including texts by Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Leslie Marmon Silko, Zoë Wicomb, Zakes Mda, and K. Sello Duiker. My work is animated by the need to move beyond disciplinary boundaries that prioritise a focus on the nation, or narrow definitions of indigeneity, in order to understand how authors use the novel as a form through which to reveal and disrupt the colonial logics that underpin the capitalist world-system.

My post-doctoral research is focused on cultural narratives of gender, violence and the extractive industries. My writing has appeared in publications including the journals ARIEL, Native American and Indigenous Studies and Wasafiri. I guest edited a special issue of Transmotion on 'Native American Narratives in a Global Context: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives', published in July 2019.

Prior to my PhD, I worked in academic publishing, working with branches of the United Nations as an editor of sustainable development publications. I am a Board Trustee for the Bishop Simeon Trust and has a pervading interest in the role of participatory arts as a tool for youth empowerment. I have worked with communities on a range of impact-oriented projects associated with the University of Leeds AHRC funded project 'Changing the Story', led by Professor Paul Cooke, including filmmaking and arts workshops with young people in South Africa.

Research interests

Native American and Indigenous studies, African studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, gender, biopolitics, environmental humanities, energy studies, endangered languages.


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Leeds
  • MA in English Literature, University of Leeds
  • BA with Hons in English Literature, Lancaster University

Research groups and institutes

  • Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship