Johanna Schuster-Craig
(517) 355-4760

B-261 Wells Hall

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). She is also interested in race/racism/whiteness in Germany after 1989, ethnographic fieldwork methods, and the far-right (PEGIDA/AfD) responses to refugees.



“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. 

“Trans*humiliation as a Performative Politics of German Right-Wing Women.” Feminist German Studies (inclusion in special issue on “Performing Resistance” eds. Sara Jackson and Caroline Wiest). Forthcoming July 2021.

With Johannes von Moltke: “Like: Memetic Analogies in Social Media” for Geschichte der Gegenwart

Forum Contribution: What is Asian German Studies? Edited by Chunjie Zhang. “Asian German Studies, Muslim German Studies, and Critical Whiteness Studies,” German Quarterly 93.1 (2020). 123-127.

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.

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

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 »