Johanna Schuster-Craig
(517) 355-4760

B261 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesGlobal Studies in Arts and Humanities

Assistant Professor
German; Global Studies in Arts and Humanities


Ph.D., German and Feminist Studies, Duke University

B.A., Theater Arts, University of Michigan

Johanna Schuster-Craig’s research focuses on integration politics in Germany, both from the top-down (government policies and programs) and the bottom-up (social work projects and artist responses). Main topical areas of research include race/racism/whiteness in Germany after 1989, ethnographic fieldwork methods, and the far-right (PEGIDA/AfD) responses to marginalized groups.


GSAH 311: Narratives of Migration

GRM 302: Nature

GRM 491: German Drama
This course writes and produces short German scenes.

GRM 491: Immigration History
Advanced work with archival materials.

GRM 863 or 864
Nationalism, Integration Politics and the History of Immigration to Germany



Forthcoming Monograph: How One Word Shapes a Nation: Integration Politics in Germany


“Did You Know Facebook Has Sixty Genders? Trans*Humiliation as a Performative Politics of Right-Wing Women.” Feminist German Studies 37:1 (2021). 138-162.

“Mass-Market Paperbacks and Integration Politics.” German Politics and Society 39:2 (2021). 22-46.

Forum Comment: “Asian German Studies, Muslim German Studies, and Critical Whiteness Studies,” German Quarterly 93:1 (2020). 123-127.

“Integration Politics as an Apparatus.” German Studies Review. 40:3 (2017). 607-627.

“Viewing Feminist Autobiography through a Spatial Lens: A Comparative Approach to Seyran Ateş’ Große Reise ins Feuer. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. 35:1 (2016). 201-227.

“‘Well-integrated Muslims’ and Adolescent Anti-Violence Activism in Berlin.” German Life and Letters. 68:1 (2015). 125-144. 

Book Chapters

“Resisting Integration: Neukölln Artist Responses to Integration Politics,”Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin. Ed. Karin Bauer and Jennifer Hosek. (Berlin: Berghahn Books, 2018), 228-252.

“Criminalizing Honor: Seyran Ateş and Thea Dorn tackle Tatort.”Gewissheit und Zweifel: Interkulturelle Studien zum kriminalliterarischen Erzählen. Ed. Sandra Beck and Katrin Schneider-Özbek. (Bielefeld: Aisthesis-Verlag, 2015), 167-186.

Blog Posts and Public Scholarship:

“Why We Need a German Teaching Collaboratory.” The German Studies Collaboratory: An Interdisciplinary Experiment To Transform German Studies. Zeitnah blog.

“Like: Memetic Analogies on Social Media.” Together with Johannes von Moltke. Geschichte der Gegenwart (History of the Present: Swiss blog for new public-facing research in the humanities and social sciences.) 

Feeding the Elephant: Working with a Developmental Editor. The H-Net Book Channel.

VOA News, International Edition with Host Steve Miller. Comment on 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. Recorded November 1, 2019. Broadcast November 3 and again November 4, 2019.

C. Frost, J. Anand, S. Borrmann, and J. Schuster-Craig. “Integration or Inclusion? Defining Terms in the Context of Refugee Resettlement and Right-Wing Populism.” Social Dialogue: Free Magazine of The International Association of Schools of Social Work. Issue 17. 9/2017. 15-17.

“Is the world ready for a strong German leader?” July 10, 2017. Reprinted by Newsweek and other outlets.

“How the Berlin Christmas market terror attack affects Chancellor Merkel and Europe.” January 3, 2017. Reprinted by Newsweek and other outlets.

“Will Trump victory make Angela Merkel leader of the free world?” December 8, 2016. Reprinted by other outlets.

“Dura batalla electoral.” El Razon (Spain). Print Interview. December 7, 2016.

BBC Radio 5, “Up All Night with Rod Sharp.” Live interview about arrest of refugees as terror suspects in Germany. September 13, 2016.

“German responses to terror range from cautious to conspiratorial.” July 29, 2016. Reprinted by multiple news outlets.

University News

Several College of Arts & Letters Projects Supported by HARP Grants
Published December 13, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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Twelve College of Arts & Letters faculty members currently are working on projects supported by 2023 Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Grants. The projects range from mixed media…Read now »
College Celebrates Accomplishments of 2023 Promoted Faculty
Published September 20, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, 20 faculty members within the College of Arts & Letters have received promotions. The success of these individuals was celebrated during the 2023 Faculty and Staff…Read now »
Project by Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence Unveiled in Beal Botanical Garden
Published June 21, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The same size and blueprint as an ADX (administrative maximum) isolation cell, A Solitary Greenhouse, now on display in Michigan State University’s Beal Botanical Garden, is a fully…Read now »
RCPD Spirit of Ability Awards Presented to CAL Faculty Members
Published April 21, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Two CAL faculty members recently were awarded Spirit of Ability Awards by MSU’s Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). The awards recognize contemporary leaders who continue the MSU…Read now »
Symposium Focuses on Refugee Crisis
Published March 25, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
As the war in Syria continues to turn out more refugees each day and the number of people forcibly displaced by war, violence and persecution soars to a global all-time high, MSU’s…Read now »
German Program Celebrates 25 Years of German Unity
Published September 29, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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During the Fall semester 2015 the German Program in the Department of Linguistics and Languages will offer a semester-long series of events on the legacy of unification. These events, which are…Read now »