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History, History of Science

Sera-Shriar, Efram

United Kingdom


Efram Sera-Shriar is the Research Grants Manager and a Museum Research Fellow for the Science Museum Group.

His research looks at the history of the human sciences, with a particular focus on the intersection of science and religion. His books include The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871, and Historicizing Humans: Deep Time, Evolution, and Race in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences. Since 2006 he has been an editor for The Correspondences of John Tyndall, and most recently he co-edited volume four of the series with Ian Hesketh at the University of Queensland. His current book project Psychic Investigators: Anthropology, Modern Spiritualism, and Credible Witnessing in the Late Victorian Age provides an important new historical narrative on the emergence of the subfield of anthropology of religion during the closing decades of the nineteenth century.