Charlotte Sleigh's research concerns the sciences where they intersect with the humanities, including history, literature, art and communication. Her original training was in the history of science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. She is the author and editor of numerous books, as well as current editor of the British Journal for the History of Science. Charlotte has given many public lectures, written for the mass media, and has appeared on a number of radio and TV programmes speaking on a variety of science-related matters.
One major area of Charlotte's research interests encompasses the history of natural history and animal studies, with an on-going emphasis on the interrelationship between culture and science. 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).
Charlotte's undergraduate teaching at Kent focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century science. She co-founded the successful masters 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’. She 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.
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