School of History


Charlotte Sleigh's original training was at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, where she worked on the history of myrmecology - the science of ants. Her goal in research was to discover how social and cultural perspectives have shaped the ways in which scientists have looked at these creatures. This research has resulted in two books (Ant, Reaktion, 2003 and Six Legs Better, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and a number of articles.

Charlotte's research interests continue to encompass the life sciences over the past 150 years, with an on-going emphasis on the interrelationship between culture and science. Her latest book (Frog, Reaktion, 2012) continues the theme of what is scientifically known as ‘non-cuddly animals’. Charlotte has also published widely on the historical and textual relationships between science and writing. Her book on the topic, Literature and Science, was published by Palgrave in 2010.

Most recently, Charlotte has begun to develop he long-standing interest in science communication, co-founding the successful MSc Science, Communication and Society programme at Kent. She has co-written on science communication in Christian contexts (God's Green Book, SPCK, 2010) and is currently co-curating a science/art project, Chain Reaction!

Charlotte is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and has acted on AHRC grant panels. She has given 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.

Charlotte's undergraduate teaching at Kent includes science and literature, Victorian science and society, science and power in the twentieth century, and the history of the body in the twentieth century. She supervises several PhD students whose projects include Samuel Butler; the history of Human Relations; the history of psychoanalysis and marketing; Popper as hero of science; and the social identities of scientists in post-war Britain.

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Room N2.W1b
Rutherford College
University of Kent

Office Hours Monday 10am - 11am Wednesday 11am - 12pm

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Sleigh, C. (2017). Editorial: Past editors' favourite papers published during their time in office. British Journal for the History of Science [Online] 50:173-179. Available at:
Sleigh, C. (2015). Writing the scientific self: Samuel Butler and Charles Hoy Fort. Journal of Literature and Science [Online] 8. Available at:
Sleigh, C. (2016). The Paper Zoo: 500 Years of Art and Science. British Library Publications.
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