Johanna M Lukate

I am a social and cultural psychologist, who studies how concepts such as ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ affect processes of identification and social categorization across and within different socio-cultural contexts.I have a B.A. in Cultural Sciences from Fernuiversität Hagen (Germany) as well as a B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK). At the moment I am pursing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

My research interests are shaped by my own experience growing up in Germany. In making sense of my own situation, I have considered questions of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ from historical, cultural, psychological, social, educational as well as aesthetic points of view.

 In 2007, I won a state and federal prize for my work on the history and social situation of children born to German mothers and African-American soldiers during the U.S. occupation of Germany post 1945. In an essay published in Crossover Geschichte (2007) I argued for a historical and socio-political perspective in the analysis of identities. Currently, I am focusing on a social psychological perspective in the study of identity.

I became interested in the relationship between Black hair and identity through my work as  a columnist and author for KrauseLocke.de. I am also a food blogger, having co-founded Valentine’s Kitchen in 2015.

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