Welcome to the academic homepage of Kira Lussier! I am a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto, a researcher at the Technoscience Research Unit, and a Junior Fellow at Victoria College, University of Toronto.
I am a historian of psychology, business, capitalism, and the self in 20th-century America. My dissertation narrates the history of corporate psychological testing, notably the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, to understand how 20th-century American corporations have sought to measure and value our psychological capacities. You can read more about my dissertation here.
After completing an Honours BA in History from McGill University, I moved back to Ontario to complete an MA in History of Science at the IHPST. I work under the supervision of Michelle Murphy and Elspeth Brown in the department of History and with Mark Solovey at the IHPST. At the University of Toronto, I have served as president of the IHPST’s graduate student union, HAPSAT; production editor of the open-access journal, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science; and as an assistant curator of the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection.
I am the co-organizer of Techniques of the Corporation, a conference that was held in Toronto in May, 2017. We assembled an exciting interdisciplinary network of historians, anthropologists, geographers, and media scholars to understand the knowledge-making practices of modern corporations.
Recent & Upcoming Events
- Panel sponsored by the Business History Conference, “Captive Minds and Footloose Capital,” Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, April 6-9
- Co-organizer and presenter, Techniques of the Corporation, Toronto, May 4-6
- Panel on “Economic Futures” Canadian Historical Association, Toronto, May 29-31
- Invited talk at 14th History of Economics as History of Science Workshop, Cachan, France, June 23