Matthew J. Hoffarth
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Social Science; Twentieth Century American History; History of Capitalism; 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, “Testing the '70s, Making the Millennium: Communication, Leadership, and the Self, 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 three decades of the twentieth century.
I received a B.A. (2008) in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. (2011) in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.