Katie Kilroy-Marac

Katie Kilroy-Marac

Katie Kilroy-Marac, Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2010)
Assistant Professor, Scarborough Campus (UTSC)

Office: MW 373 (Main), AP 334 (St. George)

Research Keywords: Memory and history, temporality, cross-cultural and transcultural psychiatry, postcolonial transformations, middle figures, regimes of care/caretaking, experimental ethnography, material culture and object worlds

Research Region: Senegal, Canada, US

Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/anthropology/katie-kiloy-marac

Research Bio

Katie Kilroy-Marac received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.  Her research considers the social history of psychiatric thought, the evolution and naturalization of psychiatric categories, and the spaces in which local understandings of illness and suffering come into contact with (Western) psychiatric models. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic based fieldwork conducted at the Fann Psychiatric Clinic in Dakar, Senegal.  Her latest ethnographic research examines the emergence of hoarding as both mental disorder and public health hazard in North America.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2016  Kilroy-Marac, Katie.  “A Magical Reorientation of the Modern: Professional Organizers and Thingly Care in Contemporary North America.” Cultural Anthropology 33(1): 438-457.

2014  Kilroy-Marac, Katie.  “Of Shifting Economies and Making Ends Meet: The Changing Role of the Accompagnant at the Fann Psychiatric Clinic in Dakar, Senegal.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 38(3): 427-447.

2014  Kilroy-Marac, Katie.  “Speaking with Revenants: Haunting and the Ethnographic Enterprise.” Ethnography 15(2): 255-276.

2013  Kilroy-Marac, Katie.  “Nostalgic for Modernity: Reflecting on the Early Years of the Fann Psychiatric Clinic in Dakar, Senegal.” African Identities 11(4): 367-380.

Non-Refereed Publications

2014  Kilroy-Marac, Katie“Artifacts of Order and Disorder.”  Medicine Anthropology Theory 1(1):1-3.

Book Reviews

2015    Kilroy-Marac, KatieBlack Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry, by Matthew M. Heaton. The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 51(1): 100-101

Graduate Students

Laura Beach

Walter Callaghan

Sophia Jaworski