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 Junior Fellow at Victoria College, University of Toronto. 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 work under the supervision of Michelle Murphy and Elspeth Brown in the department of History and with Mark Solovey at the IHPST.
An interdisciplinary historian of psychology and management, my research and writing are propelled by questions about how psychological knowledge circulates in management practices. You can read more about my dissertation here. I currently hold a fellowship from the Historical Studies department at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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. 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 have presented my work to departments of psychology and economics, to conferences in histories of science, psychology, business, and capitalism.
- April 4-6: Business History Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. I am co-organizing a workshop, STS & Business History, and presenting in a panel on corporate techniques.