Academic Employment

2013-.... Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, University of California, San Diego

2010-2013 European Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, New York University & Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), The Open University.

2008-2010 Research Associate, Pavis Centre for Social and Cultural Research, The Open University, United Kingdom

2004-2009 Supervisor, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom



2008 PhD University of Cambridge (UK)

2003 MA Culture and Social Theory. Department of Sociological Theory, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

2001 BA Sociology. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

2000 Diploma Social Anthropology. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Kent At Canterbury (UK)


Funded Research Projects

20015-2016 The UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design. University of California Multicampus Research Programs (as co-investigator)

2010-2013 “SOMEART: Sociological Dimensions of Media-Art Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York”. European Research Council, Marie Curie Actions, Framework Program 7 (230,000€)

2010-2011 “Understanding the Dynamics of Urban Flexibility and Reconstruction”. Future of Cities Program, Oxford University (UK). (£56,000). (As Investigator)


Distinctions and Awards

2014 Winner of BSA-Sage Prize for Innovation/Excellence as the best paper of the year in Cultural Socioloy.

2013 Finalist of of the BSA-Sage Prize for Innovation/Excellence as the best paper of the year in Cultural Socioloy

2004 Cambridge European Trust Honorific Fellow

2001 National Award to the Best Average Mark in Sociology. Ministry of Education (Spain).

2001 Honorific Mention to the Best Academic Records in Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)



2010-2013 Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, European Research Council

2006-2007 Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust (UK)

2003-2006 Doctoral Fellowship. Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (UK)

2003-2006 Doctoral Fellowship. Cambridge European Trust (UK)

2002-2003 Postgraduate Fellowship to study at the University of Berkeley (USA). Fundación Caja Madrid (Spain)

2001-2003 Doctoral Fellowship. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)


Professional Service

2015-... Associate Editor of Hau. Journal of Ethnographic Theory

2014 Scientific Committee for the organization of the 4S conference


Invited Presentations & Keynotes (selection)


"On the discrepancy between objects and things. An ecological approach" Joseph Gusfield Lecture . Department of Sociology, UCSD, January.


"Art Between and Betwitxt OBjects and things". Art Matters Conference. Barcelona, December

Unfolding the Political Capacities of Design”, Design at Large Lecture Series UC San Diego, April.


"Why are there no art objects int he North Pole?" ARchitectural Institute in Prague, Prague, March


"On the Material Ecologies of Contemporary Culture and The Challenge of New Media at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). UCL, October


“Object-trajectories, judgment and boundary drawing in the field of contemporary art”. University of York (UK), June

“Enclosures within enclosures: privatization practices, uneven development and the governance of hurricanes in Cancun (Yucatan, Mexico)”. CUNY, May.

“Impossible Engineering: Urban Flexibility and Reconstruction Processes in Cancún (Yucatan, México)”. Saïd Bussiness School, Oxford University. March.


“Art, Laboratories and Architectures: Some Reflections on the Aesthetic Regime of Objecthood of Contemporary Art”, Centre for Social and Cultural Research, University of Manchester, Manchester (UK), September

“The contentious case of contemporary art”, Contentious Heritage, Heritage Studies Research Group, The Open University, London (UK), June


“A small souvenir, an oil tank and a piece of furniture: thinking through objects the situation of tourism in the Yucatán Península”, with Dr. Matilde Córdoba Azcárate. Tourism, Territory and New Mobilities, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), October, 2008


Conference Papers (selection)


"Partial Posessions and the evanescent materiality of media-art". American Sociological Association, Social Studies of Science Conference, Copenhagen, November.

"Partial Posessions and objecthood in contemporary art". The Lives of Property. Oxford, September.

"On the political promise of architectural prototypes and socio-technical experiments". With Uriel Fogué. CRESC, September, Manchester.

"Docile and Reticent Objects: The Institutional Dynamics of Permanence and Change at the Museum of MoMA". American Sociological Association, Denver, August.


“Urban (un)containment and disaster management: shaping the circulation of water in Cancún (Mexico) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)”. With Javier Lezaun, Ann Kelly and Matilde Córdoba. Social Studies of Science Conference, Cleveland, November.

“Enclosures, uneven development and the governance of hurricanes and tourists in Cancún (Yucatan, Mexico)”. Association of Collegiate Schools of Urban Planning, Salt Lake City, October.

“Reticent Objects, Boundaries, and Field Dynamics at Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA)”. European Sociological Association, Geneva.

“The Material Ecologies of Cultural Digital Heritage: the case of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)”. European Sociological Association, Geneva.


“General Vara del Rey Square: An experimental device for the construction of cosmopolitical neighborhoods”. With Uriel Fogué. Social Studies of Science Conference, Tokyo August

“Media-art and the future of cultural objects in the digital age”. International Sociological Association Conference, July, Sweden.

“General Vara del Rey Square: An experimental device for the construction of cosmopolitical neighborhoods”. With Uriel Fogué The Politics of Design Conference. Manchester, May


“A morphogenetic approach to cultural production: the case of Robert Smithson's Spiral” Annual Meeting of the British Sociological Association, Cardiff (UK), April


“Engaging with the politics of naturecultures through the process of artistic creation”. CRASHH, University of Cambridge (UK), October


“Parasitizing Art: Robert Smithson’s ‘Spiral Jetty’” Configurations of the Third. Third Agents and the Missing Links of Modernity. St. John’s college, University of Cambridge (UK), August



Fernando Domínguez Rubio

Deptartment of Communication, UC San Diego