Melinda Grimsley-Smith is a historian of medicine and public health in modern Ireland and Britain. Her research 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 a Ph.D. in history 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, the wife of a really funny guy, and the mom of two girls who leave them speechless with their wit, warmth, and all-around awesomeness. She believes that life is virtually meaningless without goals and thus is always in the middle of a few different DIY projects as well as a distance running or triathlon training plan.