Simon Torracinta

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I’m a fourth-year PhD candidate in the History of Science and Medicine. I work on the history of the modern human and social sciences. My dissertation centers on the history of scientific thinking about human wants, desires, and motivation, with a particular a focus on post-1945 economics, psychology, and anthropology. 
Integrating methods from science studies and intellectual history, I’m especially interested in the interactions between cultural and political context, scientific thought, and social practice.
Originally from the UK, I received my B.A. in History from Oxford University in 2012, and my M.A. in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. I also worked for the British Government for several years as a civil servant, in various policy-related roles, before beginning my PhD.