Samantha Smith

Samantha “Sam” Smith (she/her/her’s/grrrl) is a first year PhD student. Prior to beginning her PhD studies, she worked as a project archivist for over four years at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. During her time there she co-curated The Legacy of Chicago Dance exhibition (April 27 – July 6, 2019) with Alison Hinderliter, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts. As a project archivist she processed collections chiefly related to dance and the performing arts in Chicago. She also served on the reference desk and supervised graduate student internships.

She is a queer, first-gen PhD student, which for her means that she is the first one in her family to obtain a PhD. She grew up on the sacred and ancestral lands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk Nations in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the Lake Winnebago Region.

Are you a prospective student? Awesome! Please feel free to e-mail her.

Year in Program: 1; Advisor: Kirsten Fermaglich; Research Areas: US History, Global/International/World History, Cultural History, Social History, Histories of Gender and Sexuality, Critical Visual Analysis, Material Culture, Public History, Ethics of Care, Labor and Working-Class History, Annales and Frankfurt Schools; Educational Background: MLIS, Dominican University, 2016; MA (Public History), Loyola University Chicago, 2014; BA (Gender Studies), Lawrence University, 2012; Graduate Assistantships: Research Assistantship with Dr. Sharon Leon, Fall 2020; E-mail:

At St. Mark’s in Venice in 2016! As a graduate student in library science, I attended the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy for a course on International Children’s Publishing. I am continually grateful for the financial assistance we all received to attend.