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Heather Murray is an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.Heather Murray is an associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa. Her first book, Not In This Family: Gays, Their Parents, and the Meanings of Kinship in Postwar America (University of Pennsylvania, 2010), won the Organization of American Historians Lawrence Levine Prize for cultural history in 2011. She is completing her second book, Philosophical About the Mental Hospital, a cultural and intellectual history of care for the mentally ill in twentieth century America, focusing on hospital psychiatry, and uncovering the voices of patients, their family members, psychiatrists, and hospital communities. She has published articles in The Journal of the History of SexualityThe Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, and the Journal of American Culture. She has held a visiting fellowship at the University of Sydney, and a number of research grants, including a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) for her project on care of the mentally ill.