Katarina Serulus studied art history and design cultures at the KU Leuven and the VU Amsterdam. In 2016 she defended at the University of Antwerp her PhD thesis entitled Design & Politics: The Public Promotion of Industrial Design in Postwar Belgium (1950−1986) that was published in 2018 by the Leuven University Press.
She was an Associate Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2020−2021) and project manager at the Flanders Architecture Institute in Antwerp (2017−2023) where she was responsible for the policy on design archives and initiated the project Wiki Women Design (2020).
Serulus also (co)curated several design exhibitions. She was the curator of the exhibition Panorama: A History of Modern Design in Belgium (Design Museum Brussels, 2017) and ‘Designing the Night. Graphic Design and Belgian Club Culture 1970 – 2000’ (Design Museum Brussels, 2019). She co-curated the first comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub ‘Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 to today’ together with Cat Rossi and Jochen Eisenbrand that opened at the Vitra Design Museum in 2018 and toured until 2022.
She is currently working as co-curator on the new collection presentation at the Design Museum Ghent that will open in 2026.
Katarina Serulus research interests include national discourses, gender, transnational networks, club culture and non-disciplinary practices in the field of design, architecture and visual culture.