Christopher   Leslie

Christopher Leslie

Academic Advisor for Sustainable Urban Environments and Science and Technology Studies students

Technology, Culture and Society


Christopher Leslie is codirector of the Science and Technology Studies program and is the academic advisor for students in that major and in Sustainable Urban Environments. He teaches courses in the history of new media, the history of science, multicultural U.S. literature, and science fiction.

Before coming to Poly, Dr. Leslie worked as an editor at a management services consulting firm and taught at John Jay College and Hunter College. He began teaching at Poly in the fall of 2001, and in 2006 he designed the Science and Technology Studies major with Professor Jonathan Bain. In 2007, he took his doctorate from the City University of New York Graduate Center in English with a focus on American Studies. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation, tentatively titled From Hyperspace to Hypertext: Social Construction of Science and Technology in Science Fiction.


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Journal Articles

“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

“Aesthetic Tourists: The Sheltering Sky’s Critique of Modernism,” forthcoming in Paul Bowles: The New Generation by Rodopi.

“Literature and Ethnic Diversity,” “Science and Technology,” “History of and How the Census Works,” and “Science and Technology." Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. Carlos E. Cortes, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2013.

“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.

Review of Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content CapabilitiesScience and Public Policy 40.4 (2013): 559–60.

“Sequencing the Genome, Naturalising Race.” Review essay of Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, edited by Barbara A. Koenig, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, and Sarah S. Richardson; What’s the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference, edited by Ian Whitmarsh and David S. Jones, and Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture, edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Kathleen Sloan, Science as Culture 21.4 (December 2012): 573–81.

"China and the Internet." Review essay of Guobin Yang, The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, Susan L. Shirk (ed.), Changing Media, Changing China, and David Kurt Herol and Peter Marolt (eds.), Online Society in China, Media, Culture, and Society 34.8 (November 2012): 1059–63.

"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.

"Decolonizing the Internet" (review essay of Cyrus Farivar, The Internet of Elsewhere: The Emergent Effects of a Wired World, Jaffer Sheyholislami, Kurdish Identity, Discourse, and New Media, and Miriyam Aouragh, Palestine Online: Transnationalism, Communications and the Reinvention of Identity), Global Media and Communication 8.1 (April 2012): 81–8.

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

Review of Science Fiction and Computing: Essays on Interlinked Domains. SFRA Review 300 (Spring 2012): 16–17.

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

Review Essay: The Master Switch, In the Plex and The Net Delusion for the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62.12 (December 2011): 2540–45.

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 Linksy 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

Awards + Distinctions

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, Univertität Potsdam, Germany, 2008-2009.

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


  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Science Fiction Research 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

“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.