Portrait of Professor Charlotte Sleigh

Professor Charlotte Sleigh

Professor of Science Humanities
Director of the Centre for the History of the Sciences

About

Professor Charlotte Sleigh studied at the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the University of Kent in 2000, she taught at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Research interests

Charlotte's research concerns the sciences where they intersect with the humanities, including history, literature, art and communication. 

One major area of Charlotte's research interests encompasses the history of modern sciences and their intersection with literature, art and communication. Her books on this topic include Ant (Reaktion, 2003); Six Legs Better (Johns Hopkins, 2007); Frog (Reaktion, 2010); Cosmopolitan Animals (Palgrave, 2015); and The Paper Zoo (British Library/Chicago, 2016). 

A second theme of Charlotte's research concerns the historical and textual relationships between science and writing. Her first book on the topic, Literature and Science, was published by Palgrave in 2010, and she is currently working on another, Engineering Fiction, about science fiction and its fans in interwar Britain. 

In more recent years Charlotte has developed her interest in art and science, collaborating with a number of artists to produce shows including Chain Reaction! (Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2013) and Biological Hermeneutics (Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 2017). 

Teaching

Charlotte's undergraduate teaching focuses on 19th and 20th-century science. She co-founded the successful Master's programme in science communication at Kent, in which context she has developed and taught modules on science, ethics and controversy, visualising science, and knowledge in the ‘real world’.

Supervision

Charlotte has supervised numerous PhD students to completion on topics including the science and literature of Samuel Butler; the history of human relations; and Popper as hero of British science. She is currently accepting PhD students in the history of modern science and other areas of science humanities.

Professional

Charlotte is the current editor of the British Journal for the History of Science. She has given many public lectures, written for the mass media, and appeared on a number of radio and TV programmes speaking on a variety of science-related matters. 

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