Dr Efram Sera-Shriar

Visiting Fellow

Summary: Race science in the 19th century, Imperialism and science, History of scientific exploration, Religion and science in 19th-century Britain, History of the social sciences

Efram Sera-Shriar is a Lecturer of Modern History at Leeds Trinity University, UK. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2011. Since completing his doctoral studies he has worked at Brock University in Canada, York University in Canada, and the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and an editorial board member on the John Tyndall Correspondence Project.

His research explores the intersection of voyages of exploration, race, visual culture, science, technology, medicine, and society throughout the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. His first book, The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871, was published through Pickering and Chatto in 2013.

He is interested in research projects connected to the following topics: 

  • Race science in the 19th century
  • Imperialism and science (since 1750)
  • History of scientific exploration (esp. in the Americas)
  • Religion and science in  19th-century Britain
  • History of the social sciences (esp. before WWI)
  • Science, medicine and print culture in the 19th century

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