Professor Lejla Kucukalic received her B.A. in English from Manchester College (USA) and Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware (USA). Prior to joining KU in 2013, Dr. Kucukalic taught courses in contemporary American and world literature and Literature Humanities at Columbia University (USA) and University of California Los Angeles (USA). Her first book examines 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 examines biotech fictions ranging from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) to Gene Mapper (2013) and biological theories related to gene expression and protein formation processes. Her current project focuses on “quantum fictions” and the uncertainties, ambiguities and seeming impossibilities embodied in the works of contemporary literature. At Khalifa University, Dr. Kucukalic teaches English composition, new media, and literature courses.
Her research projects and interests include:
Biotechnology and Literature (Biopolitics, Bioethics, Biopunk)
Science Fiction Literature and Film
Sheltered Instruction (SIOP, CALLA) for EFL Engineers and Scientists (cybernetics and quantum mechanics focus)
Semiotics in Literature and Culture
Contemporary American Literature and Culture