Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson

Henry Sidgwick Junior Research Fellow


Email: ksd28@cam.ac.uk


Dr. Dootson is the Henry Sidgwick fellow at Newnham College. Her research considers how materials and technologies have critically shaped visual culture from the Victorian era to the present, with a particular interest in British and American art and film. Her current book project examines how new ways of making colour transformed the meaning of colour in modern Britain, from the development of synthetic textile dyes in the 1850s to the arrival of colour television in the 1960s. Dr Dootson is also collaborating on a history of Technicolor cinema in China. She received her PhD in History of Art with Film and Media Studies from Yale University in 2018 and also holds degrees in Film and Television Studies from Warwick University, and in History of Art from Cambridge University. Her work has been recognized with grants, fellowships, and awards from the Museum of Modern Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Huntington, the British Association of Victorian Studies, the AHRC, the Yale Center for British Art, and The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.