Postdoctoral researcher in science communication, University of Cambridge

Kanta Dihal is the Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AI Narratives project, and the Research Project Coordinator of the CFI. In her research she explores the public understanding of AI as constructed by fictional and nonfictional narratives. Kanta’s work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. Having completed two undergraduate degrees and a research master’s at Leiden University, she has recently submitted her DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford. In her thesis, titled ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics,’ she investigates the communication of quantum physics to adults, children, and even babies. She writes about her research on her personal website,


  • 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