Welcome to the homepage of Kira Lussier! I am a writer, researcher, educator, and speaker committed to developing new insights into the history and future of science, technology, and work. I aim to understand, explain, and (sometimes) critique the way that psychological tools—from personality tests to diversity training seminars—are used in business, with an eye towards fostering diversity and inclusion and challenging inequalities.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher cross-appointed at the Institute for Management and Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga and at Rotman’s Institute for Gender and the Economy. I am also an affiliated researcher at the Technoscience Research Unit.
Originally born outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, I was raised in Ontario’s Niagara region. 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 earned my PhD in history of science from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto in 2018. My dissertation, “Personality, Incorporated,” told a history of personality tests in North American society, psychology, and business. You can read more about it here.
At the University of Toronto, I co-organized Techniques of the Corporation, and 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.
- March 12-14: Business History Conference, Charlotte, NC
- April 16-17: History of Human Capital Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA