Dr. Kristina Marcellus

Dr. Kristina Marcellus

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2 5018483 




Dr. Marcellus is a Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She joined Khalifa University in August 2013, after having been a lecturer and library staff member at a small primarily undergraduate university in Ontario, Canada.

During her doctoral studies, Dr. Marcellus was a recipient of the highly competitive Canada Graduate Scholarship from 2005-2008. She completed the Program in University Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada during this time. She has also been Acting Director of Lakehead University’s Technoculture Studies Lab in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Marcellus has taught courses on technology and society, personal information and surveillance, urban life and culture, family sociology, criminology and deviance, as well as courses directly related to her research (everyday technologies and smart/networked domestic spaces and technologies). Since joining KUSTAR, she has developed and teaches courses on introductory sociology, science and technology studies, and the relationship between social life and the built environment. Dr. Marcellus believes that social perspectives should give depth to students’ lives and work outside of her classes. Toward this end, she encourages students to draw on their own expertise, experiences, and ideas to help them master social science concepts.

Currently, Dr. Marcellus is expanding the work she began during her doctoral research, especially as it relates to the sociocultural and infrastructural legacies of post-World War II configurations of households and technologies in North America. She is also continuing her practices as a reflexive teacher and gave a paper about adapting culturally biased course textbooks to local contexts at the 4th QS MAPLE conference in May 2014, which she is also adapting for publication.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Queen’s University (CAN), 2011
  • M.A., Sociology, Lakehead University (CAN), 2003
  • B.A. (Hons), Sociology (Minors: Economics, Occupational Ethics, Gerontology), Lakehead University (CAN), 2001
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Life and the Built Environment
  • Society, Culture, and the Built Environment (especially sustainability, green technology, and alternative housing arrangements, such as micro-units)
  • Technologies in Domestic Space/Domestic Space as Technology
  • Intersections of Social Science and Engineering
  • Teaching Social Sciences to Engineering Students (especially in the UAE)

Google Scholar

  • 2009 “ANT Theory Today,” Review of Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social. Semiotic Review of Books. 18.3: 8-11. 
  • 2007 Co-author with G. Genosko and S. Gandesha “Waterloo: The Cradle of Canadian Telos,” The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies 29(3): 175-186. 
  • 2005 Co-author with G. Genosko “Dead Downtown: Writing the Obituary of the Alternative Press in Border/lines,” Topia 14: 23-35. 
  • 2005 “Blurring the Real” Review of Alan Shapiro’s Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance. International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 2(2): n.p. Online. 
  • 2005 “Review of Richard Holt’s Dialogue on the Internet,” Canadian Journal of Communication 30(4): 690-692. 
  • 2004 “Review of O. Dyens, Metal and Flesh,” Topia 11: 185-187. 
  • 2004 “’Cultural Junk Shop’: Review of C. Olalquiaga, The Artificial Kingdom: On the Kitsch Experience,” Semiotic Review of Books 14.3: 8-9. 
  • 2002 Co-author with G. Genosko and S. Gandesha “A Crucible of Critical Interdisciplinarity: The Toronto Telos Group,” Topia 8: 1-18.