Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 (0)2 501 8483
Dr. Kristina C. Marcellus is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She joined Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) in August 2013, after having been a lecturer and library staff member at a small and 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. She is a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
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 the University, 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.
Dr. Marcellus’s research is currently focused on expanding the work she began during her PhD, especially as it relates to the sociocultural and infrastructural legacies of post-World War II configurations of households and technologies in North America. In particular, she is fascinated by ‘tiny houses’ as potential solutions to housing crises in North America and elsewhere, and is interested in the tiny house movement as a proactive response to a number of social problems, such as urban sprawl and changing compositions of households/neighborhoods, amongst others.