Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

PhD Candidate

Gender Studies


Supervisor: Samantha King
Research interests: mad studies, feminist disability studies, sociology of health and illness

My name is Sarah Smith and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender Studies. Broadly speaking, my work sits at the intersection of Mad Studies and Gender Studies. My SSHRC-funded doctoral research is focused on how psychiatric discourses of self-harm impact the lives of those with lived experience and seeks to help empower people who self-harm to define their own experiences and seek recovery on their own terms. I have taught GNDS 280: Introduction to Mad Studies and enjoy helping students navigate unlearning dominant discourses of psychiatric power.