Amy Milne-Smith

Amy-Milne-SmithDr. Amy Milne-Smith


Associate Professor, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University


My research focuses on nineteenth-century British cultural and gender history. My specific interests are in the history of masculinity, the cultural constructions of class, and more recently, perceptions of mental illness. I am currently researching popular understandings of masculinity and mental illness over the latter half of the nineteenth century. This research includes a number of military veterans who suffered from a variety of mental breakdowns before the First World War. I teach graduate courses on the history of modern western psychiatry.

Select Publications

“Shattered Minds: Madmen on the Railways, 1860-1880,” Journal of Victorian Culture. January 2016

“Queensberry’s Misrule: Reputation, Publicity, and the Idea of the Victorian Gentleman,” Canadian Journal of History 48:2 (2013): 277-306.

London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in Late-Victorian Britain, Palgrave Macmillan, New York: 2011.

“Club Talk: Gossip, Masculinity, and the Importance of Oral Communities in late Nineteenth-Century London,” Gender and History 21:1 (2009): 86-106.

“A Flight to Domesticity?: Making a Home in the Gentlemen’s Clubs of London, 1880-1914,” Journal of British Studies 45:4 (2006): 796-818.


SSHRC Insight Development Grant “Ripper’s Whitechapel: the Digital Humanities and Perceptions of Space in late Victorian England” (2015)

Faculty of Arts Travel Grant (2015)

Undergraduate Research Assistantship (2014)

Laurier Research Seed Grant (2012, 2013)

Laurier Faculty of Arts Merit Award (2012)

Graduate Supervision

Modern Britain; gender history; history of medicine; popular culture


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