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Kira Smith

Candidate, M.A. Public History

Degrees:B.A. (Carleton)

Current Program: M.A. Public History (2016)


Prof. James Miller and Prof. John C. Walsh

Academic Interests:

Mad studies; history of psychiatry; museology; pedagogy; narrative theory; women’s history; pacifist organizations; Inuit and Arctic History; social history; public history

Select Conference Publications:

“Unconventional Methodology: Historical Fiction and Asylum Experiences.” Alternative histories: Methodologies, Facts and Visions, University of Tampere, Finland. November 2017.

“Narrating the Lost Voices: Brockville Patient History for the Public.” UNB-uMaine International Graduate Student Conference, University of New Brunswick. October 2017.

“When the Wave Hits the Shore: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in the Cold War.” Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University. March 2017.

Teaching Experience:

American History until 1865 (S.MacKay), Fall 2016

History of Alcohol (R.Phillips), Winter 2017

Description of Research:

Kira’s current research is an examination of patient history at the Brockville Asylum and the application of fictional accounts in the classroom. Through an analysis of patient files and secondary sources, Kira will be writing a patient-centered novella on the experiences of living within the Brockville Asylum. The second part of her project will be a reflection and discuss the applications of fiction in classroom settings, with an emphasis on empathy and constructivist-based learning.