Pia Banzhaf

(517) 432-1235

B330 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston

M.A., German Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Pia Banzhaf’s research lies at the intersection of art, cognition, and society. She is especially intrigued by the potential of increasing the tolerance of ambiguity in spectators through object performances by playing with core principles of animacy/inanimacy.

She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies for her development of a cognitive poetics of puppetry. She completed her M.A. in German Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Pia majored in German linguistics and cultural anthropology of textile art at the University of Dortmund, Germany. Before joining MSU, Pia taught 1st and 2nd year German language and culture courses at Memorial University, Queen’s University, and the University of Manitoba.

She is licensed to teach in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

She teaches classes in 2nd and 3rd year German as well as classes at RCAH and the Center of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IAH).

University News

100-Year Anniversary of Bauhaus Celebrated at MSU
Published October 22, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
two men sitting on the ground who are holding giant white plastic wrap and strings
The College of Arts & Letters and Residential College in the Arts and Humanities came together last week to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus, a famous art school…Read now »