Katie Kilroy-Marac

Katie Kiloy-Marac
Assistant Professor


Katie Kilroy-Marac received her PhD 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 putting the finishing touches on her book manuscript entitled An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic, which is based on fieldwork conducted at the Fann Psychiatric Clinic in Dakar, Senegal.  Her current ethnographic research examines the emergence of hoarding as mental disorder, public health hazard, and media spectacle in North America.  Of late, she has also become especially interested in how people attempt to craft ethical lives through consumption and its regulation.


  • AAA (American Anthropological Association)
  • SCA (Society for Cultural Anthropology)
  • AMHIG (Anthropology and Mental Heath Interest Group)
  • WARA (West African Research Association)

Research Interests: 

Memory and history, temporality, cross-cultural and transcultural psychiatry, postcolonial transformations, middle figures, regimes of care/caretaking, experimental ethnography, material culture and object worlds; Senegal, Canada, US


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 31(3): 439-458.

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. http://www.medanthrotheory.org/read/4062/artifacts-of-order-and-disorder

Book Reviews:

2016    Kilroy-Marac, Katie. The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa, edited by Emmanuel Akyeampong, Allan G. Hill, and Arthur Kleinman. International Journal of African History 49(1):16-17.

2015    Kilroy-Marac, Katie.  Black 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.

Teaching Interests: 

  • Culture and Society in Africa
  • Anthropology and Psychology
  • Culture, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry