I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. I use historical approaches to analyze the development and contemporary status of the human sciences. I am interested in how psychologists have used their scientific ‘expertise’ to change society and how, in turn, social and political factors have shaped the nature of this expertise and its influence. In my current project I examine the relationship between feminism and psychology from the 1940s-present with specific attention to the cultural and political factors that shape this relationship and its social impact.
With support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I direct the Psychology’s Feminist Voices multimedia digital archive project. This project collects and disseminates information about women in the history of psychology and the contributions of contemporary feminist psychologists. It includes over 120 oral history interviews with feminist psychologists, over 250 original profiles of women and feminists in psychology, a documentary on the emergence of feminist psychology in the United States, and extensive resources for bringing feminism into the psychology classroom.
I am a member of the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. In 2013 I was president of the Society for the History of Psychology. I currently serve on the editorial boards of History of Psychology, Feminism & Psychology, and Theoria & Praxis and am a member of the advisory board of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.