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KIRA LUSSIER

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto


Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (IHPST)
Victoria College, Room 316
91 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
kiralussier.com | kira.lussier@utoronto.ca | 647-924-6944

EDUCATION

2018* PhD, History of Science, University of Toronto


Dissertation: Personality, Incorporated: A History of Psychological Capital
Committee: Elspeth Brown; Michelle Murphy; Mark Solovey

2012 MA, History of Science, University of Toronto


Collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture

2010 BA (Hon.), History, McGill University


Minor in Political Science; Graduated First Class Honours with Distinction

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Management history & theory; history and theory of psychology; critical management studies;
science and technology studies; management training; diversity and inclusion

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Publications

2016 Managing Intuition. In invited roundtable, Management Theory after


Organization Man. Business History Review 90, no. 4: 708-718.

Manuscripts in Submission (refereed)

Temperamental Workers: Psychology, Business, and the Humm-Wadsworth Temperament Scale


in Interwar America. Revise and Resubmit from History of Psychology (Submitted January 2017;
revisions submitted July 2017)

Of motives and managers: Training the work ethic and cultivating human capital in corporate
America, 1960-1980. Submitted to special issue, Managing the Human, in ephemera: Theory
& Politics in Organization (September 2016)

Knowing Corporations: Towards a Critical Corporate Studies. Submitted to Engaging Science,


Technology, and Society (co-written with Michelle Murphy, Bretton Fosbrook, and Justin Douglas)

Manuscripts in Preparation
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There is an I in Team: Valuing Diversity in Management Training, 1987-1995. In preparation for


Human Relations.

The Irrational Actor: Decision-Making Research at the Boundaries of Psychology and Economics,
1970-1990. In preparation for Organization Studies.

Book Reviews

2016 Book Review of Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American
Psychiatry, by Susan Lamb. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 52, no.
3: 312-313.

Online Writing

2016 The Manager as Motivator: Ernest Dichters Top Man Training Seminars. Hagley
Research News (February 19)

2015 Motivated or Manipulated? Ernest Dichter and David McClelland at Work.


Hidden Persuaders Blog (December 8), http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hiddenpersuaders
blog/motivated-or-manipulated-ernest-dichter-and-david-mcclelland-at-work/

2014 Paper dolls and ink blots: history of projective tests at the University of Toronto,
University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection Blog.

GRANTS, AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

2017 Young Scholars Initiative Grant, Institute for New Economic Thinking

2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant, with
Michelle Murphy, Bretton Fosbrook and Justin Douglas ($10,200)
Victoria College Junior Fellow, University of Toronto
Historical Studies Grant, University of Toronto Mississauga
Canadian Business History Association Grant, Rotman Business School
Doctoral Completion Award, University of Toronto

2015 Alvin A. Achenbaum Grant, Hartman Center, Duke University


Grant-in-Aid, Rockefeller Archive Center
Griffin Bursary, Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
Travel Grant, National Science Foundation
Research Grant, Center for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto
School of Graduate Studies Grant, University of Toronto

2014 Alfred D. Chandler Travel Fellowship, Harvard Business School


Henry Belin Du Pont Exploratory Grant, Hagley Museum and Library
Henry May Award, Society for U.S. Intellectual History

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2013-16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC ($105,000)

2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)


Stillman Drake Grant, IHPST, University of Toronto

2012 Jackman Humanities Institute Junior Fellowship ($5,000)


Avie Bennett Award, University of Toronto ($5,000)
University of Toronto Fellowship

2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)


University of Toronto Fellowship (declined)

2006-10 James McGill Major Scholarship, McGill University ($20,000)

INVITED TALKS

2017 The Irrational Actor: Decision-Making Research at the Boundaries of Psychology


and Economics. 14th Annual History of Economics as History of Social Sciences
Workshop, cole normale suprieure Paris-Saclay, France (June 23)

2016 Whats Your Type? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in Between Academic and
Popular Psychology. Psychology Department Colloquium, Brock University, St.
Catharines ON (Oct 27)

How to Motivate Yourself and Others: The Business of Motivational Psychology in


1970s Corporate America. History and Theory of Psychology Colloquium Series,
York University, Toronto ON (Jan 14)

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Conference Organization

2017 Co-organizer, Techniques of the Corporation Conference, Toronto, ON (May 4-6).


With Michelle Murphy, Justin Douglas, and Bretton Fosbrook.

Panel Organization

2016 Non-Scientific Management in a Turbulent World, 1960-90. Business History


Conference, Portland, OR (Mar 31-Apr 2)

2015 From Bedrooms to Boardrooms. Society for the Social Studies of Science, Denver,
CO (Nov 11-15)

Conference Presentations

2017 There Is an I in Team: Valuing Diversity in Management Training, 1987-1995.

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Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Wolfville, NS (Sept 29-Oct 1)

Intuition, Automation, and the Corporation: Debates over Artificial Intelligence in


Corporate America, 1970-1990. Society for the History of Technology,
Pennsylvania PA (Oct 26-29)

Intuiting the Future: Psychology, Management, and the Myers-Briggs Type


Indicator. Canadian Historical Association, Toronto, ON (May 29-31)

There Is an I in Team: The Psychological Training Seminar as Corporate


Technique. Techniques of the Corporation Conference, Toronto, ON (May 4-6)

Big in Japan: Circulations of Management Techniques and the Myers-Briggs Type


Indicator Between America and Japan. Organization of American Historians, New
Orleans, LA (Apr 6-9)

2016 Big in Japan: Management, Psychology, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
in Japan, 1970-90. Histories of Capitalism Conference, Cornell (Sept 30-Oct 1)

The Art of Corporate Governance (with Justin Douglas and Bretton Fosbrook).
Historicizing the Economy, Harvard University (Sept 23-24)

Managing Intuition: Cognitive Science Meets Corporate America. Business


History Conference, Portland, OR (Mar 31-Apr 2)

2015 From Amateur Psychology to Corporate America: The Case of the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator. History of Science Society, San Francisco, CA (Nov 19-22)

Personality Testing, Human Capital and Affect in Corporate America. Society for
the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO (Nov 11-15)

Managing Intuition: The Rhetoric of Right/Left Brain in American Management.


American Studies Association, Toronto, ON (Oct 8-11)

Measuring Consumers Minds: Psychographics in 1970s Marketing Research.


American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON (Aug. 6-9)

Motivating Minds in Cold War America. Society for the Recent History
of the Social Sciences, Cambridge, MA (June 7-8)

2014 Testing Technologies in Intellectual History. Society for United States Intellectual
History, Indianapolis, IN (Oct. 9-12)

Emotions at Work: Testing Temperament in Interwar American Corporations.


Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, St.
Catharines, ON (May 24-26)

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2013 Testing Temperament at Work: The Humm-Wadsworth Temperament Scale in


Interwar America. International Congress for the History of Science, Technology
and Medicine, Manchester, UK (July 21-28)

2012 Ordering Insanity in Progressive-Era America. Cheiron and European Society for
the History of the Human Sciences Joint Meeting, Montreal, QC (July 18-22)

2011 Queering the Archives: Pulp Fiction Collection at the Thomas Fisher Rare Books
Library. Faculty of Information Graduate Student Conference, University of
Toronto (Feb 20)

Workshop Talks

2016 Motivating the Self: Corporate Psychological Testing, 1960-1990. Business History
Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Portland OR (Mar 30)

2015 Manager as Motivator: Motivation Training Seminars in 1970s American


Corporations. Centre for the Study of the United States Graduate Student
Workshop, University of Toronto (Oct 27)

2013 Testing Temperament at Work: Human Relations, Labor Relations and Industrial
Psychology in Interwar America. Centre for the Study of the United States
Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto (Oct. 30)

Grappling with Eugenics: Psychiatry and the Politics of Prevention at the 1930
International Congress on Mental Hygiene. Eugenics in North America Workshop,
University of Toronto (May 9)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Course Instructor, University of Toronto

Making up People: Psychology, Business, and the Self in 20th-Century North America (Winter
2018)
Selected as new topics course in department-wide competition

Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto

Management
Leading Across Differences, Rotman School of Management (Fall 2016)
Managing People in the Context of Globalization, Rotman School of Management (Fall 2017)
MBA Executive Capstone Course, Rotman School of Management (Fall 2016)

History & Philosophy of Science


Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy Department, Scarborough Campus (Fall 2016)
History of Evolutionary Biology, IHPST (Fall 2013; Winter 2016; Winter 2017)
Science of Human Nature, IHPST (Winter 2014; Winter 2015, Head Teaching Assistant)
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Scientific Revolutions I, IHPST

Other Experience

Mentor, History of Toronto Public Health Mentoring Project (2013-2014)


Writing Clinic Tutor, IHPST (Winter 2014)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & OTHER TRAINING

2016 Research Assistant, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Edited consulting report on organizational diversity & leadership for Prof.
Nouman Ashraf

2015 Montreal Summer School in the History of Economics and History of Science (July
14-19)

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY & DEPARTMENT

Graduate Representative, IHPST Search Committee (2017-2018)


President, IHPST Graduate Student Course Union (2013-2015)
Production Editor, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
(2012-2015)
Graduate Representative, IHPST Curriculum Committee (2013-2014)
Associate, University of Toronto Scientific Instrument Collection (2011-2015)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Canadian Business History Association


Forum for the History of Human Sciences, History of Science Society
Organization of American Historians
Society for the History of Psychology, American Psychological Association
Society for the Social Studies of Science
Society for the History of Technology
Technoscience Research Unit

Updated September 2017