My research focuses on the production and circulation of psychological knowledge in corporate management practices. From the personality tests I explore in my dissertation, to corporate wellness programs, and to unconscious bias training seminars, I am interested in the intersections of psychological techniques, economic value, and identity. I am currently working on several research projects. Feel free to contact me to discuss or read working papers of these projects!
Implicit Bias Testing and Training
- A project on the history and contemporary uses of the Implicit Association Test: how did this popular online test, and the theory of “implicit bias” that underlies it, become a dominant paradigm to understand and change racial and gender discrimination?
- A project on the history of the business case for diversity and the future of work
- I examine the transition from paper and pencil psychological tests to computer and online psychological tests and the development of new computerized scoring algorithms. I trace how psychologists and computer specialists debated the validity of administering and interpreting personality tests with computers, situating these debates in broader histories of algorithms, bias, and expertise.
- Funded by the Association for Computing Machinery History Fellowship, I am researching the history of psychology in human/computer interaction, specifically how IT designers in the 1970s/1980s adopted personality tests to understand user experience with computers and the ideal personality traits of programmers & programming teams.
Consulting Psychologists and Human Resource Management
- This history of human resources management consulting firms shows how psychological expertise and tools grounded major management consulting firms
- The history of psychographics in marketing which aims to understand how personal data has become valuable to marketers and advertisers