Matthew J. Hoffarth
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Social Science; Twentieth Century American History; Anthropological Theory
I am interested in the history of psychology, anthropology, and human resources, particularly the history of tests and testing in twentieth century human sciences and business. My work focuses on the development, use, and proliferation of psychological and personality tests in America and transnationally post-World War II.
My dissertation, tentatively titled, “Identity Assessments in the Neoliberal Age: Personality, Therapy, and Business, 1968-2000,” explores the connections between self-understanding, personal development, and the rise of increasingly large and diverse corporations by investigating how and why personality tests and related psychological assessments became an integral part of American business and popular culture in the last third of the twentieth century.
I received my B.A. (2008) in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and my M.A. (2011) in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.