Louisa Mackenzie grew up in Scotland and did her graduate work in Berkeley, California before moving to the UW in 2002. Her research focus is primarily on early modern French culture which she reads through various contemporary critical lenses including ecocriticism and, more recently, Animal Studies. Her book The Poetry of Place: Lyric, Landscape and Ideology in Renaissance France (University of Toronto Press, 2010) is an interdisciplinary study of how a subjective and affective sense of place was produced by poetry in dialogue with cartography, land use history and other knowledge spheres. She teaches a broad variety of classes on many periods and themes. She has published two recent articles on animals and the limits of humanist knowledge in 16th-century France, but current interests are more contemporary in nature. She is hoping to start research on the comparative French and US histories of the Planet of the Apes archive, from an "intersectional animal studies" point of view. Community activities include volunteering with the GSBA scholarship fund, providing academic scholarships to LGBT-identified students. She has also served as a College Board Commissioner for AP French.
- “Guillaume Rondelet’s Sea-Monsters and Bruno Latour’s Modern Constitution.” In Animals and Early Modern Identity, ed. Pia Cuneo (Burlington: Ashgate, 2014): 329-349.
- Louisa Mackenzie and Stephanie Posthumus (McGill), "Reading Latour Outside: A Response to the Estok-Robisch Controversy." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20,4 (2013): 1-21.
- Review of What Else is Pastoral? Renaissance Literature and the Environment by Ken Hiltner. (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2011). Environmental History 17 (2012): 445-47.
- Louisa Mackenzie. "It's a Queer Thing: Early Modern French Ecocriticism." French Literature Series 39. Rodopi, 2012.
- Review of L'Invention lyrique : Visages d'auteur, figures du poète et voix lyrique chez Ronsard by Benedikte Anderson. (Paris: Champion, 2011). Renaissance Quarterly 64 (2011): 1241-43.
- Louisa Mackenzie. The Poetry of Place: Lyric, Landscape, and Ideology in Renaissance France. University of Toronto Press: 2011.
- "Coming Home to Masculinity: Homosocial Norms in Michel de Montaigne's Journal de Voyage." Accepted for publication in Montaigne Studies, special volume on masculinity, edited by Lawrence Kritzman.
- Eds. Louisa Mackenzie and Stephanie Posthumus. French Thinking About Animals. Michigan State University (2015).
- Review of Colonizer or Colonized: The Hidden Stories of Early Modern French Culture by Sara E. Melzer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Forthcoming in MLQ, September 2014.
- "The Fish and the Whale: Animal Symbiosis and Early Modern Posthumanism." Accepted for publication in The Sixteenth Century Journal.
- Louisa Mackenzie, “Don’t Panic: The Unknowability of Early Modern Nature” (January 29, 2014). Oecologies Speaker Series at Green College, University of British Columbia.
- Associate Professor Louisa Mackenzie to Participate in Public Symposium "Legitimatizing iel" at Vassar College - March 21, 2018
- Congratulations, 2016 FIS Graduates! - June 10, 2016
- Article Written by Louisa Mackenzie, FIS Associate Professor of French, Awarded Literature Prize - October 20, 2015
- FIS Faculty, Louisa Mackenzie's book ranked in French Embassy's top 30 French summer reading list - July 1, 2015
- Simpson Center Announces Funding Awards for 2015-2016, Includes 3 FIS Professors! - January 22, 2015
- Spring 2014 Course: "Animal Studies" in French and Francophone Contexts - February 7, 2014
- Teaching With Technology Fellows Explore New Ways to Present Class Content - October 2, 2013
- Louisa Mackenzie receives Honorable Mention for recent book project - February 1, 2013
- Men Who Stare at Cats - November 13, 2012
- Course Highlights - Winter 2013 - November 1, 2012
- French Professors to Present at Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Conference - March 29, 2012
- Louisa Mackenzie Receives Society of Scholars Fellowship for 2012-2013 - February 2, 2012