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Postdoctoral researcher in science communication, University of Cambridge

Dr Kanta Dihal is the Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AI Narratives project and the Research Project Coordinator of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She is one of the Project Leads on Global AI Narratives and the Project Development Lead on Decolonizing AI. In her research, she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta's work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She obtained her DPhil in science communication at the University of Oxford: in her thesis, titled 'The Stories of Quantum Physics,' she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children. She is co-editor of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, 2020) and is currently working with Dr Stephen Cave on the monograph AI: A Mythology.


  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Oxford
  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Cambridge


  • 2014 
    Leiden University, MA Literary Studies
  • 2012 
    Leiden University, BA Film and Literary Studies
  • 2011 
    Leiden University, BA English Language and Culture


  • 2017
    "On Science Fiction As a Separate Field", Journal of Literature and Science

Professional Memberships

  • The British Society for Literature and Science
  • The British Society for the History of Science