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Scott MacKenzie

Scott MacKenzie

Scott MacKenzie

Senior Lecturer

1203B McClung Tower


Scott MacKenzie currently serves as a Senior Lecturer of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse Language and Literature in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. With over 15 years of experience in higher education, he has established himself in the field of early medieval literature and culture. His research has focused on the intersection of language, literature, and culture in medieval England and Scandinavia, exploring ways in which literature reflects and shapes social and political identities. His current research investigates the sometimes-fluid role of Anglo-Saxon and Norse women in 10th century England. His commitment to advanced student learning includes work with the Chancellor’s Honors program where he has directed several theses. Recent titles include “Female Warriors: Judith, Grendel’s Mother, and Gender in Anglo-Saxon England” and “Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, and England: The Germanic revival of the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries”.


  • B.S. Zoology, University of Maryland, 1982
  • M.A. Population Genetics, University of Tennessee, 1988
  • M.A. English, University of Tennessee, 2002
  • Ph.D. English, Anglo-Saxon and Old English, University of Tennessee, 2010

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 201/207: British Literature I- Beowulf through Johnson
  • English 221: World Literature I- Ancient through Early Modern
  • English 254: Themes in Literature- Satan in English Literature
  • English 255: Public Writing
  • English 295: Writing in the Work Place
  • English/Linguistics 321: Introduction to Old English
  • English/Linguistics 371: Foundations of the English Language
  • Linguistics 426: Historical Linguistics