Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith
Coordinator of International Scholarships
Office: Honors Annex 7
Melinda Grimsley-Smith is the author of “Revisiting a ‘Demographic Freak’: Irish Asylums and Hidden Hunger” in Social History of Medicine (May 2012), in which she argues that the biological experience of the Great Famine of the mid-19th century in Ireland had significant and long-lasting effects on the rate of psychiatric committal thereafter. Her current book project examines the development and function of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Irish lunacy inspectorate and local government, as well as the professionalization of Irish psychiatry.
Melinda Grimsley-Smith earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where she received a Presidential Fellowship, a pre-doctoral teaching fellowship from the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and several smaller grants to fund research in Dublin, Cork, and Co. Tipperary, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. At Notre Dame, she served alternately as Vice-President and President of the Union of Graduate Historians, and worked in a variety of other capacities to improve graduate students’ access to research materials and relationships with other university departments.
Dr. Grimsley-Smith is a native of Utica, Kentucky. When not advising students and reading and writing, she runs and plays wife and mom to two of the most awesome people on the planet.