Kylie is an Associate Professor, tenured, and the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities and Associate Faculty in the Department of History at Emory. She teaches courses on the history of race in health care, critical theory, and nursing theory and philosophy in the School of Nursing and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Her research area is the history of psychiatry and she is the author of the multiple award winning book “Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing”. Her new book entitled “Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South” will be published by UNC Press and is supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NIH).
Kylie was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in English and History and a PhD in History from the University of Wollongong in Australia. Before coming to Emory, Kylie worked in the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong where she researched mental health nursing history and taught ethics and reflective practice. Kylie has also worked in multicultural HIV/AIDS health promotion in Sydney, Australia and studied scriptwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Areas of Expertise
Smith, K. M. (2020) Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing After WWII. Rutgers University Press. New Brunswick, NJ.
Smith, K. M. (Advance Contract) Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South. University of North Carolina Press. Chapel Hill, NC.
Lewenson, S., Macallister A. and Smith K.M. (Editors) Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development, Springer Publishing, New York, 2016.
Howson, R. & Smith, K. M. (Eds). Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion, Routledge: New York, 2008.
Journal Articles (Selected)
Smith, K. M. (In Press) “The Crippling Preoccupation with Race”: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in Alabama 1953-1969, Journal of Southern History. (Accepted September 2020)
Smith K.M. and Foth, T. (2021) “Tomorrow is cancelled: Rethinking nursing resistance as insurrection.” Aporia: The Nursing Journal. Volume 12, No 1. Pp 15-25.
Foth, T., Lange, J, and Smith, K.M. (2018). Nursing History as Philosophy: Notes towards a Critical History of Nursing, Nursing Philosophy. 19 (3):e12210
Smith, K. M. (2018) Different places, different ideas: Reimagining practice in American psychiatric nursing after WWII. Nursing History Review, Volume 26, 17-47 http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1062-8061.26.17
Smith, K. M., Halcomb, E. J., Moxham, L. (2015) ‘Stress wasn’t a word’: Australian nurses’ recollections of war related trauma. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 2, 1, pp12-22
Smith, K. M. (2010) Gramsci at the margins: subjectivity and subalternity. The International Gramsci Journal 2010, 2, 39-50.
Smith, K. M. (2007) Subjectivity, hegemony, and the subaltern in Sydney, 1870-1900. Rethinking Marxism, 19, (2), 169-179.
NRSG700: Evolution of Nursing Science
NRSG515: Race, health and US History
Kylie’s research concerns the history of psychiatry and its intersection with Civil Rights and Community Mental Health. She is concerned with the creation of racial disparities in the history of psychiatry, the link to mass incarceration and the role of nurses in psychiatric care.
2021 First Place in History and Public Policy: American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for “Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing”
2020 Lavinia Dock Book of the Year Award for “Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing”
American Association for the History of Nursing
2019-2022 Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South
National Library of Medicine G13 Scholarly Works Program 1G13LM013010-01A1
2019-2020 Nursing Mental Health at the Tuskegee Institute 1948-1972
American Association for the History of Nursing H15 Award
2018 Adelaide Nutting Award: Best Scholarly Article for “Different Places, Different Ideas: Reimagining Practice in American Psychiatric Nursing” published in Nursing History Review, Volume 26, 17-47 (2018). American Association for the History of Nursing.
2017-2018 Jim Crow in the Asylum: Race, place and mental health in the South East USA
Emory University Research Committee Grant
2017-2018 Separate and unequal: Race, place and psychiatric nursing in the South East USA
Schlesinger Library Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
2015-2016 Philanthropy, mental health and nursing in the Cold War
Rockefeller Archives Centre, Grant in Aid program.