Dr. Johanna M. Lukate

Curriculum Vitae

Johanna M. Lukate is a Research Fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Cambridge along with a B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (University of Cambridge) and a B.A. in Cultural Studies (Fernuniversität Hagen). She has been the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Deutsche Studienstiftung and was a Fox Fellow at Yale University (USA). Johanna works on understanding what diversity, migration, intersectional embodiment, and human geography mean for the identities and experiences of individuals in contemporary society. Her research takes an intersectional perspective on identities, highlighting the power structures that influence an individual’s position in society, encounters with others and the navigation of cities. Her research has been featured on the TEDx stage and has appeared in the Journal of Social Issues and the edited collection To Exist is to Resist: Black feminism in Europe.

Research projects


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Lukate, J.M. (2021). Space, race and identity: An ethnographic study of the Black hair care and beauty landscape and Black women’s racial identity constructions in England [Special Issue]. Journal of Social Issues. DOI: 10.1111/josi.12433

Mao, M., Blackwell, A.F., Lukate J.M., & Good, D.A. (2016) Supporting retirement socially and musically by technology: An ethnographic study of local community musicians. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. DOI: 10.1145/2851581.2892285

Book chapters

Lukate, J.M. (2019). Blackness disrupts my Germanness. On embodied intersectionality and questions of identity and belonging among women of colour in Germany. In: Emejulu, A., & Sobande, F. (Eds.). To exist is to resists: Black feminism in Europe. London: Pluto Press.

Lukate, J.M. (2009). Essay über das Verhältnis von Geschichte und Identität. In: Georgi, B., & Ohling, R. (Ed.). Crossover Geschichte – Historisches Bewusstsein Jugendlicher in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft. Hamburg: Körber-Stiftung.


Lukate, J.M. (2018). Why policies about hair matter for educational equality. Scholars Strategy Network.

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