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Johanna is a PhD student in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Juliet Foster. She received the Fox International Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18 and will complete her doctoral research at Yale University (USA). Johanna appeared on Ibz Mo's channel to talk about the supervision system at Cambridge.

Education and Background:

Johanna studied Cultural Sciences (B.A.) at Fernuniversität Hagen and Politics, Psychology and Sociology (B.A.) here at Cambridge. She has professional experience working in a range of research institutes, including the Central Institute for Mental Health (Mannheim, Germany) and at the Max-Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods (Bonn, Germany), as well as interning as a User Experience Researcher at Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, California, USA). Johanna is funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), which is Germany’s largest and most prestigious funding body.

From July 2015 - July 2017, Johanna was the Graduate Student Representative and co-convener of the Social and Developmental Seminar Series here at the Department of Psychology. She co-founded and chaired the Qualitative Methods Reading Group at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and was an undergraduate supervisor at the Departments of Psychology and Sociology for

  • PBS1: Introduction to Psychology,
  • PBS3: Social and Developmental Psychology,
  • SOC 11: Racism, Race and Ethnicity.

Awards & Funding:

2017 - 2018: Fox International Fellowship, Yale University

2017: ICPS Travel Grant

2016 - 2018: GEH DEINEN WEG scholarship, mentorship program, Deutschlandstiftung Integration, Germany

2016: Research and Travel Grant, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK

2016: Conference Travel Grant, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Germany

2015: summer field research award, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK

2015-2017: PhD Studentship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Germany

2014: Jennings Prize, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK

2013 - 2015: Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Germany

2010: Scheffel Prize, Literarische Gesellschaft (Scheffelbund Karlsruhe) e.V., Germany                                                                               

2009: Federal State Prize (Baden-Württemberg), History Competition of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Körber Stiftung, Germany

2007: Federal State Prize (Baden-Württemberg) and 3rd Prize (Germany), History Competition of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Körber Stiftung, Germany


Invited Talks & Publications:

Lukate, J.M. (2017, November 09). Mapping the Natural Hair Movement. An example of computational social research from social psychology. Talk presented at Data Science for Social Research: An Introduction at Yale, New Haven (U.S.A.)

Lukate, J.M. (2017, September). The Psychology of Black hair. Talk presented at the Intergroup Relations Lab at Yale, New Haven (U.S.A.)

Don’t touch my hair –  Panel Discussion at Afropolitan with Tarik Tesfu from Tariks Genderkrise in Berlin on Friday, 30th June 2017. 

Lukate, J. M. (2017, May). Intersectionality. On theory, research practice and lived experience. Talk presented at conference. Collaborating for gender equality in STEM in Cambridge, United Kingdom. 


Presentations & Posters:

Lukate, J.M. & Foster, J. L. (2017, March). ‘Race’ as Taboo? Comparing and contrasting the construction of women of colour’s identities in Germany and the United Kingdom. In R.-A. Burgess (Chair), Identities in context: Meaning making in the identity construction, negotiation and identification processes across different contexts. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) in Vienna, Austria.

Lukate, J. M. (2017, March). Back to the Roots: What’s Africa got to do with the Psychology of Black hair? Paper presented at the Researching Africa Day 2017. Studying Africa, Studying Anywhere: Area Studies for an Interconnected World in Oxford, United Kingdom. 

Lukate, J. M. (2016, September). Questions of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ in the context of women of colour’s hairstyle practices in Germany and the UK – social identities between obligation, negotiation and resistance. Paper presented at the 13th  International Conference on Social Representations: "Epistemologies of everyday life" in Marseille, France.

Lukate, J. M. (2015, June). "Hair is part of their outfit now“ Women of colour, hair and identity. Paper presented at the Psychology PhD and PostDoc Mini Conference at the Department of Psychology, Cambridge University.

Lukate, J.M., & Foster, J. L. (2015, May). Exploring social representations of natural hair using Instagram hashtags. Poster presented at the Wolfson Research Event 2015 at Wolfson College, Cambridge.



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. In CHI '16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing System.

Lukate, J. M. (2014, February). Ein Essay über Tankebes (2013) Dimensionen von Polizeilegitimität. Newsletter für den rechtspsychologischen Nachwuchs in Deutschland, Düsseldorf  ( Germany).

Lukate, J. M. (2007)  Essay über das Verhältnis von Geschichte und Identität. in: Georgi, B., & Ohling, R. (Ed.). Crossover Geschichte – Historisches Bewusstsein Jugendlicher in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft. Hamburg, Germany: Edition Körber-Stiftung


Manuscripts in preparation:

Lukate, J.M. How policies about hair prevent educational equality. Policy Brief for Scholars Strategy Network. Cambridge [MA.], USA. [under final review]

Lukate, J. M., & Foster, J. L. Depending on where I am…” - Hair and identity performance in women of colour in Germany and England. [submitted]

Lukate, J. M. “Blackness disrupts my Germanness.” Embodied intersectionality, citizenship and questions of identity and belonging among women of colour in Germany [working title]. In Emejulu, A., & Sobande, F. (forthcoming 2019). To exist is to resists: Black feminism in Europe. London: Pluto Press. [book chapter in preparation]

Lukate, J. M. 
Questions of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ in the context of women of colour’s hairstyle practices in Germany and the UK – social identities between obligation, negotiation and resistance [writing up]

PhD Candidate
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social media
cultural psychology
social psychology
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