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 newly-appointed Junior Fellow at Victoria College, University of Toronto. I am currently co-organizer of Techniques of the Corporation, a conference to be held in Toronto in May 2017.
I am a historian of psychology, business, capitalism, and the self in 20th-century America. In my dissertation, “How Psychology Became Human Capital,” examines a cluster of psychological techniques, from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to motivation training seminars, which corporations have adopted 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.
- Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, April 6-9
- Techniques of the Corporation, Toronto, May 4-6
- Canadian Historical Association, Toronto, May 29-31