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 and a researcher at the Technoscience Research Unit. My dissertation, “How Psychology Became Human Capital,” examines a cluster of psychological techniques, from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to motivation training seminars, that corporations have adopted to measure and value our psychological capacities. You can read more about my dissertation here, and see my publications here.
My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of STS, histories of psychology and science, and histories of business and capitalism.
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.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading fiction, and playing violin.