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 an interdisciplinary historian of psychology, 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. My research has been funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I currently hold a fellowship from the Historical Studies department at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.
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. 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.