Research Associates

Tyler Griffith, 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Director's Office, Yale Center for British Art

After studying Renaissance art history at the Warburg Institute, Tyler completed his PhD in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale, focusing on the intersection of cartography, theater, microscopy, and art in the construction of early-modern racial theories, with a particular emphasis on albinos born to black parents. In addition to lecturing in the College, Tyler spent four years as a Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the Yale University Art Gallery and two years as a Curatorial Assistant in the collection of Coins and Medals. His current research focuses on the court culture and patron networks of eighteenth-century Britain, and more broadly on the visual and material culture of North American colonial naturalists such as William Bartram. 

David Lewis, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Research, Yale Center for British Art

David Frazer Lewis received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2014. His thesis examined the work of Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the red telephone kiosk, Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and the House of Commons chamber. His current research focuses on British architecture in the first decades of the twentieth century, particularly the ways that architects thought about psychology and religion. He is the editor of True Principles, the peer-reviewed journal of the Pugin Society.

Chitra Ramalingam, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Prints and Drawings, Yale Center for British Art

Chitra Ramalingam is a historian of both science and photography. After receiving a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University, she was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge before arriving at Yale, where she also teaches in the program in the History of Science and Medicine. Her research and teaching range broadly across topics in science and visual culture in the modern period, with a particular focus on the early history of photography, the visual culture of physics (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), and the photographic archive of science. She is author of To See a Spark: Experiment and Visual Experience in Victorian Science (under contract with Yale University Press), and co-author of William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography (Studies in British Art, YCBA/Yale University Press, 2013). For the last few years her work has focused on rethinking the early history of photography and its invention in Britain from the perspective of the cultural history of science, and a book project on photography, experiment, and the archive.

Samuel Shaw, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Prints and Drawings Yale Center for British Art

Samuel Shaw received his PhD in History of Art from the University of York in 2010. His dissertation was entitled “Equivocal Positions: the Influence of William Rothenstein c.1890-1910.” He has taught at the Universities of York and Warwick, and is co-founder of the Edwardian Culture Network, an interdisciplinary research project dedicated to British culture from the period of 1895 to 1914.