Shirlynn Sham is a graduate student specializing in nineteenth century European art and visual culture. She received her B.A. in art history from Columbia University in 2014. Her honors thesis, for which she conducted fieldwork in Paris, focused on nineteenth century visual technologies and their correspondence with emerging spectatorial and perceptual models, and was awarded the department’s Senior Thesis Prize. Prior to coming to Yale, she presented her research at the 2015 conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. She has also published critical reviews of contemporary art, and has worked at a law firm in New York City.