Research Associates

Nina Amstutz, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art

Nina Amstutz completed her PhD in the History of Art at the University of Toronto in 2013. Broadly, her research investigates intersections of art and science from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on how natural history and science shaped constructions of nature and the environment in the visual arts. Her thesis, "Caspar David Friedrich and the Science of Landscape," considered how methods and ideas in the life sciences informed the relationship between nature and the human subject in the painter Caspar David Friedrich’s late landscapes. Her first publication from this project, "Caspar David Friedrich and the Anatomy of Nature," is forthcoming in Art History (2014). Nina is also working on a new project that explores the material and conceptual resonance of fossils in the visual arts during the long nineteenth century, particularly in the British context.

Florence Grant, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Director's Office, Yale Center for British Art

Florence Grant received her PhD in History from King’s College London in 2012. Her dissertation was entitled “The Philosophical Instruments of George III: A Case Study in the Material Culture of Experimental Philosophy.” She is currently working on projects concerned with the history of natural history and collecting in the eighteenth century.

A. Robin Hoffman, 2012
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Exhibitions and Publications, Yale Center for British Art

A. Robin Hoffman received her PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies from the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her dissertation, entitled “ ‘Doubtful Characters’: Alphabet Books and Battles over Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Print Culture,” was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship. She originally pursued research on illustration and childhood studies as part of an MA in the History of Art, completed at University College London in 2006.  

Samson Kambalu, 2014
PhD Candidate, University of the Arts London

Samson Kambalu's research project, "Psychogeography in William Blake and Romantic British Art," will focus on aspects of psychogeography in Blake's manuscripts and the works of other British artists he inspired. Blake is said to have composed his works while walking/deriving the streets of London, and Kambalu's project will include the creation of a series of site-specific psychogeographic film clips on the Yale campus and in the vicinity of New Haven inspired by his research. Tenure: July 3-September 30


Lars Kokkonen, 2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale Center for British Art

Lars Kokkonen received his Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 2010. His dissertation was entitled "John Martin (1789–1854) and the Mechanics of Making Art in a Commercial Nation." Prior to joining the Center, Lars was the Allen Whitehill Clowes Curatorial Fellow at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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.