Christopher   Leslie

Christopher Leslie


Technology, Culture and Society


Christopher Leslie is a lecturer of Science and Technology Studies at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where he is a co-PI and instructional lead for the NYU I-Corps site's inaugural year.

Dr. Leslie’s research and teaching focus on the history of science and engineering. He was a part of the team of faculty members involved in the process to create new majors in the department, one of them being the current bachelor of science degree in Science and Technology Studies. In designing this major, he was conscious of his own effort to combine technical and scientific knowledge with the humanities and social sciences; thus, STS students must complete at least one-third of their undergraduate courses in science and engineering and at least another third in humanities or social science courses applied to STEM. As the STS program has continued to grow, he has served as co-director of the major and its related curricular and research program with Professor Jon Bain.

Dr. Leslie is the coordinator of the Writing Consultants in the Introduction to Engineering course. In addition, he is a member of the school of engineering's prehealth committee. The chair of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) working group on the history of computing, Dr. Leslie is also a member of the executive committee for SIGCIS, the computer and information science group affiliated with the Society for the History of Technology.

Journal Articles

"Innovating with History: How an Archival Intervention Diminishes Snow’s 'Dangerous' Divides," with Lindsay Anderberg. Double Helix 3 (2015).

“As We Should Have Thought: The Intellectual Legacy of the Memex,” forthcoming in Technology and Culture. 

Half Fish, Half Monster: Shakespeare’s Caliban and the Performance of Natural History,” guest contribution to Forum 16 (Spring 2013): Un/Natural Histories.

“Scholarly Humanities Websites: Silos to Withstand a Siege,” Romance Studies Journal (2012): 103–24.

“‘Fighting an Unseen Enemy’: The Infectious Paradigm in the Conquest of Pellagra,” Journal of Medical Humanities 23 (Winter 2002), 187–202.

Other Publications

“A Student-Led Approach to Promoting Teamwork in an Introductory Engineering Presentation,” with Gunter Georgi and Alyssa D’Apice. Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. 

“Aesthetic Tourists: The Sheltering Sky’s Critique of Modernism.” Paul Bowles: The New Generation. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi B.V., 253–263.

“Fostering Innovation in STEM through the Application of Science and Technology History.” Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

“Ingenuity in Isolation: Poland in the International History of the Internet,” with Patrick Gryczka. Proceedings of the 11th International Federation of Information Processing’s Technical Committee conference on Human Choice and Computers, ed. Kai Kimppa et al., 162–75.

“Competing Histories of Technology: Recognizing the Vital Role of International Scientific Communities behind the Innovation of the Internet.” Making the History of Computing Relevant: IFIP Advances in Information and Computer Technology 416, Arthur Tatnall, Tilly Blyth, and Roger Jonson, eds. New York: Springer, 2013: 196–206.

"Unstable Reality in the Age of Big Science: The Counterhegemonic Strategies of Jack Vance, J. G. Ballard, and Philip K. Dick," Batı Edebiyatında İdeoloji (Ideology in Western Literature). Ertuğrul İşler, et al., eds. İzmir: Ata Matbaası, August.

“Isaac Asimov: I, Robot.” The Literary Encyclopedia. April 2012.

“The Rise of the Confident Reader.” Review essay in American Quarterly,  63.4 (December 2011): 1051–62.

Metacognition through Group Practice in New Media,” Media/Culture 9:2 (May 2006). 

“Writing Self-Assessment for First-Year Engineering Students: Initial Findings,” Proceedings of the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2004. With Elisa Linsky and Gunter Georgi.


The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Doctor of Philosophy, English

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Master of Arts, American Studies

Authored + Edited Books

Arthur Tatnall and Chris Leslie, eds. International Communities of Invention and Innovation: IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on the History of Computing, Revised Selected Papers. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2016. 

Awards + Distinctions

Faculty Fellow in Residence for Othmer Hall and Clark Street residences, 2014-2017. 

Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize for an original essay in the intellectual history of technology, Society for the History of Technology, 2011.

Fulbright Grant: Guest professor at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Potsdam, Germany, 2008-2009.

Robert Adams Day Prize for the best dissertation involving interdisciplinary work, 2007.


  • Chair, International Federation of Information Processing History of Computing Working Group 9.7
  • Board Member, NYU Center for the Humanities
  • Communication Officer, Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group on Computers and Information Science
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science
  • Science Fiction Research Association
  • Modern Language Association

Research Interests

  • History of Science and Technology: media and technology in the 20th century, interantional communities of the Internet, history of the race concept, social construction of science and technology
  • Humanities: digital humanities, science fiction and utopian literature, literary modernism

General / Collaborative Research

“NYU I-Corps Site for Enhancing Diversity in Entrepreneurship,” with Jin Montclare, PI; Kurt Becker, co-PI; Anne-Laure Fayard, co-PI; and Nikhil Gupta, co-PI. Five-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

Co-director with Lindsay Anderberg of "Humanities for STEM: Using Archives to Bridge the Two Cultures Divide," a two-year research collaborative funded by NYU Center for the Humanities

“Pre-Capstone Innovation Experience,” co-PI with Jin Montclare. This three-year grant from VentureWell supports interdisciplinary student projects. 

“Information Retrieval Techniques to Model Disciplinary Change in the Humanities,” seed grant for collaborative research with Bill Blake, Assistant Professor of English and Drama, College of Arts and Sciences; Lisa Gitelman, professor of English and of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School and College of Arts and Sciences, and Torsten Suel, professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU

“Text and Technology” with Lisa Gitelman, a collaborative teaching grant from Humanities Initiative at NYU, 2013-2014.