J. David Macey, who grew up in the Boston area and has lived in New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington state, has been a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma since 1999. He currently chairs the English department at UCO and serves as faculty advisor to UCO’s Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE).
A resident of Oklahoma City, David is an active member of the First Unitarian Church, a director of Interweave Continental, the national Unitarian Universalist BGLTQ affinity and advocacy organization; a member of the editorial board of the scholarly journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture; and a volunteer for a wide range of community organizations. He co-founded and helps to coordinate UCO’s Safe Zone Ally Program, and he is a member of the city-wide task force that is developing strategies to meet the needs of homeless BGLTQ youth and young adults in Oklahoma City.
A past recipient of Cimarron Alliance’s Torch Award, David also helped to establish Oklahoma City Youth United, a citywide BGLTQA youth group. A graduate of Yale, Brown and Vanderbilt Universities, David teaches courses on Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, BGLT literature, popular fiction, and literary and critical theory. He was co-editor of the five-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature, and he has published articles and presented papers on eighteenth-century Utopian fiction, the transformation of Classical motifs in Renaissance poetry, and the representation of sexuality and gender in literature and film, among other topics.