Lejla Kucukalic

Lejla Kucukalic

Lejla Kucukalic

Assistant Professor



Prior to joining Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2013, Dr. Kucukalic taught courses in contemporary American and world literature and Literature Humanities at Columbia University, New York, and University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kucukalic shares with her students a global and glocal, humanistic-based perspective on emerging trends in contemporary culture, arts, and technology.

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2006
  • M.A., University of Delaware, 2000
  • B.A., Manchester College, 1997

Dr. Kucukalic teaches a range of required and elective courses, including English Communication I and II and two courses she has designed, World Short Story and Environment and Society.

Dr. Kucukalic’s first book examined the work of American writer Philip K. Dick, whose novels inspired films such as Blade Runner (1981; 2017) and Minority Report (2002). Her second book will examine biotech fictions ranging from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) to Gene Mapper (2013) and discuss the role of ‘biopunk’ – an open science and artistic movement – in the ethical and political debates over bio-engineering. In addition, she is interested in innovative, cognitively based EFL approaches to instruction and assessment.

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