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. As a fellowships advisor, she thinks of students' experiences and skills the same way she learned to think of historical sources: as bits of evidence to be interpreted for readers in a compelling, seamless argument.
Dr. Grimsley-Smith is a native of Utica, Kentucky and the mom of two girls who leave her 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 distance running or triathlon training plan as well as a few different DIY projects.