Dr. Sandra Muse-Isaacs

Assistant Professor

B.A. Honors and M.A. (University of Windsor), PhD (McMaster)

Contact        Dr. Sandra Muse-Isaacs

CHN Room 2112
 519 253 3000 ext. 2292

Teaching/Research Areas

  • Indigenous Literature
  • Native Oral Tradition & Storytelling
  • Indigenous Literary & Critical Theory
  • Nineteenth-century Detective Fiction


SANDRA MUSE ISAACS, B.A. Honors and M.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (McMaster) specializes in Indigenous Literature of Turtle Island (North America), Native Oral Tradition and Storytelling, Orality theory, Indigenous literary and critical theory, and 19th Century Crime & Detective Fiction. Her book, Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and its Cultural Continuance (University of Oklahoma Press) will be released in the fall of 2019. She focuses on how modern Cherokee storytelling works to regenerate the culture and helps to revitalize their Indigenous language. Her research also centers around Indigenous oral traditions and their Earth-connected teachings which are becoming more pertinent with the changing global climate and recognition of the damage to the Earth caused by human practices of resource extraction.  Her current project is compiling a collection of contemporary tellings of ancient stories by a group of elder Giduwah storytellers. She also looks to examine the “Little People” stories of the Cherokee, the Haudenosaunee, and the Mi’kmaq for their parallels. Her creative works have appeared in Rampike, Red Ink Journal, Prairie Fire Journal, and an anthology edited by poet John B. Lee.

Muse Isaacs is of Eastern Cherokee and Gaelic descent, and was hired under the President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars initiative. She is honored to be working again in the homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy (Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomie) where she grew up.