Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (2018)
M.A., New School for Social Research (2011)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (2008)
I am interested in the history of psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and human resources, particularly the history of tests and testing in the 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, "Building the Hive: Corporate Personality Testing, Self-Development, and Humanistic Management in Postwar America, 1945-2000," explores how psychological and personality testing have been used to reinforce social and organizational hierarchies in the United States. In particular, I focus on the ways leaders and managers have been identified, cultivated, and compensated since the early 1960s, through practices that sustained social and economic inequality.
I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Human and Social Sciences; Twentieth Century American History; History of Capitalism, Business, and Labor; Science and Technology Studies; Anthropological Theory and Ethnographic Methods; Leadership Studies