Rebecca Macklin

Rebecca Macklin


I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Leeds and was 2017-18 Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Cornell University. At Cornell, I worked with Professor Eric Cheyfitz in English and was affiliated with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. 

My research draws together Indigenous, postcolonial and world literature discourses, to comparatively explore transnational engagements with conditions of coloniality and literary articulations of decolonial resistance. My thesis focuses on contemporary Native American and South African fiction, including texts by Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Leslie Marmon Silko, 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 utilize world literature specifically as a form through which to reveal and disrupt the colonial logics that underpin the capitalist world system. Supervised by Professor Stuart Taberner and Dr Hamilton Carroll, her research is associated with the Leverhulme Trust funded Major Research Project “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literatures”.

An alumnus from the universities of Leeds and Lancaster, my writing has appeared in publications including the journal Native American and Indigenous Studies and Wasafiri. I am currently guest editing a special issue of Transmotion on 'Native American Narratives in a Global Context: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives', due for publication in Spring 2019. I am member of the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Leeds, Leeds University Centre for African Studies and am also co-founder of the Postcolonial and World Literature and Cultures Reading Group.

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 in youth development contexts, having led filmmaking workshops in South Africa with the University of Leeds AHRC funded project 'Changing the Story', led by Professor Paul Cooke. 

Twitter: @rebeccamacklin_

Media Coverage:

Rebecca Macklin receives Fulbright Award, University of Leeds, School of English News, June 27 2017

Rebecca Macklin Receives Fulbright Award, Lancaster University Alumni Talk, June 2017

University of Leeds student receives Fulbright for research at Cornell, CAS Cornell University, July 12 2017

Fulbright scholar engages with indigenous communities, Cornell Chronicle, May 29 2018

Praise for Rebecca Macklin's work with indigenous communities, University of Leeds, School of English News, 1 June 2018

Research interests

Native American and Indigenous literatures, African literatures, postcolonial theory, world literature, Indigenous studies, feminist theory, biopolitics, environmental humanities, memory studies, critical ethnic studies



  • MA in English Literature, University of Leeds, 2012
  • BA in English Literature, Lancaster University, 2010