Mary McCay

Moon and Verna S. Landrieu Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Natural Sciences

Mary McCay, Professor
Office Location
314 Bobet Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
Department of English
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 3
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-3389
Fax Number
(504) 865-2294
E-mail Address
Personal Website


Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., Boston College; B.A., Catholic University of America

Short Bio

Prof. Mary McCay trained as an Olympic swimmer, but gave it up because she could not read while swimming. Instead, she earned a B.A. (from Catholic University of America), M.A. (from Boston College), & Ph.D. in English (from Tufts University). That led, by a rather circuitous route, to Loyola University. She teaches American Literature, Film, Travel Writing and Irish Literature. Reading leads to writing, and her books, Rachel Carson and Ellen Gilchrist, are the result, as well as numerous articles on American literature and culture and Irish Literature and film. She also directs Loyola's Irish Studies Summer Program at Trinity College, Dublin; the Americans in Paris Program in Paris; and two exchange programs: Keele University in the UK and Radboud University in The Netherlands. One day, she might swim the Channel. Meanwhile, she received the Dux Academicus in 2004 and is currently the director of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing

Courses Taught

  • The World of Blade Runner
  • American Masterworks
  • How to Read A Film
  • Film & Digital Media
  • Politics & Film
  • Harrison Ford: The Making of An American Hero
  • James Joyce
  • Americans in Paris
  • Travel Writing

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