Michael Pettit

Associate Professor

History and Theory of Psychology - Program Area Coordinator

Locations / Contact Info:

210 BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 20759

Email address(es):

mpettit at yorku.ca

Web site(s):

Digital History of Psychology Lab

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2006
University Of Toronto

BA - 2001
King's College/Dalhousie


Michael Pettit is an associate professor of Psychology and Science & Technology Studies at York University. His historical research focuses on psychology as a public science and the discipline’s relationship with others fields such as medicine, sexology, and the other human sciences.

He studies the history of psychology’s research methods and ethics, the interface between psychology and public policy, and the circulation of psychology in the public sphere.

Selected Publications

The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).

 “Becoming Glandular: Endocrinology, Mass Culture, and Experimental Lives in the Interwar Age,” American Historical Review 118(4) (2013): 1052-1076.

“The Queer Life of a Lab Rat,” History of Psychology 15(3) (2012): 217-227.

“The Problem of Raccoon Intelligence in Behaviourist America,” British Journal for the History of Science 43 (3) (2010): 391-421.


Article Prize - Forum for the History of Science in America - 2011

Early Career Achievement Award - APA Div 26 - 2009

Early Career Award - FHHS - 2006


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research