Publications

Books

Carson-Measure of Merit-2006

 

The Measure of Merit: Talents, Intelligence, and Inequality in the French and American Republics, 1750-1940 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007)

Introduction PDF

 

Reviews:

Articles

“Abnormal Minds and Ordinary People: American Psychologists Discover the Normal”  in “Normalitat” im Diskursnetz Soziologischer Begriffe, eds. Jurgen Link, Thomas Loer, and Hartmut Neuendorff (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2003), pp. 85-99 PDF

“Army Alpha, Army Brass, and the Search for Army Intelligence” Isis 84 (1993): 278-309 PDF

“The Culture of Intelligence” in The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 7, The Modern Social Sciences, eds. Theodore M. Porter and Dorothy Ross (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) PDF

“Defining and Selecting Competencies: Historical Reflections on the Case of IQ” (pdf) in Defining and Selecting Key Competencies, eds. Dominique Simone Rychen and Laura Hersh Salganik (Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber, 2001) PDF

“Differentiating a Republican Citizenry: Talents, Human Science, and Enlightenment Theories of Governance” Osiris 17 (2002): 74-103 PDF'The anatomy of the brain', 1535.

“Equality, Inequality, and Difference: Genius as Problem and Possibility in American Political/Scientific Discourse,” in Genealogies of Genius, eds. Joyce E. Chaplin and Darrin M. McMahon (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 43-62 PDF

“Has Psychology ‘Found Its True Path’? Method, Objectivity, and Cries of ‘Crisis’ in Early Twentieth-Century French Psychology” Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (2012): 445-54 PDF

“Mental Testing in the Early Twentieth Century: Internationalizing the Mental Testing Story,” History of Psychology 17 (2014): 249-55 PDF

“Minding Matter/Mattering Mind: Knowledge and the Subject in Nineteenth-Century Psychology” Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 30 (1999): 345-76 PDF

“Opening the Democracy Box” Social Studies of Science 31 (2001): 425-28 PDF

“The Science of Merit and the Merit of Science: Mental Order and Social Order in Early Twentieth-Century France and America” (pdf) in States of Knowledge: The Co-Production of Science and Social Order, ed. Sheila Jasanoff (London: Routledge, 2004) PDF