Joyce Marie Mushaben  (PRONOUNCE: MUS (like bus) – HAY (what horses eat)– BEN (big clock in London) received her Ph.

Joyce Mushaben

Joyce Marie Mushaben  (PRONOUNCE: MUS (like bus) – HAY (what horses eat)– BEN (big clock in London) received her Ph. D. from Indiana University in 1981.  She recently retired as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she also served as Director of the Institute for Women's & Gender Studies (2002-2005). She is now an Affiliated Faculty member in the BMW Center for German & European Studies at Georgetown University and works with Gender5 Plus, an EU feminist think-tank.


Having spent over 18 years living/researching in Germany, her early work focused on new social movements (peace, ecology, feminism, anti-nuclear protests and neo-Nazi activism), German national identity and generational change.  She then moved on to European Union developments, citizenship and migration policies, women’s leadership, Euro-Islam debates and comparative welfare state reforms.  


Her books and monographs include 

1) From Post-War to Post-Wall Generations: Changing Attitudes towards the National Question and NATO in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1995; 

2) Identity without a Hinterland? Continuity and Change in National Consciousness in the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989;

3) The Changing Faces of Citizenship: Integration and Mobilization among Ethnic Minorities in Germany

4)  Gendering the European Union: New Responses to Old Democratic Deficits (with Gabriele Abels);

5) Becoming Madam Chancellor:  Angela Merkel and the Berlin Republic  (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017)

6) Manuscript in progress: The Dialectical Identity of Eastern Germans: Assessing the Impact of Unification


Her articles have appeared in World Politics, Polity, West European Politics, German Politics, German Politics & Society, the Journal of Peace Research, Democratization, Citizenship Studies, Femina Politica  and the Journal of Ethnicity & Migration Studies,  inter alia. A former president of the German Politics Association, she has served on the Governing Board of the International Association for the Study of German Politics, and the German Studies Association, is an Editorial Board member for German Politics & Society, German Politics, Femina Politica and the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

Prof. Mushaben has secured numerous international grants, including fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Marshall Fund, the Fulbright Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has served as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, at the GDR Academy for Social Sciences and the Central Institute for Youth Research (East Germany). In 1989/90 she served as a Ford Foundation Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary Studies, and in 1990-1991 became the first Research Fellow in the new Center for German & European Studies at Georgetown University.


She also taught as a Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University and Washington University, as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Erfurt, and a Visiting Professor at universities in Stuttgart, Frankfurt/Main, Tübingen and Berlin. She has guest lectured at more than 35 institutions of higher learning, including Harvard, Cornell, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Washington, Berlin’s Free University, the Humboldt University, the College of Europe, Science Po, and the London School of Economics. 


Her honors include: the UM-St. Louis Trailblazer Award (1999) for advancing women's rights, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Creativity (2007) and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2012). That year she also became only the fifth woman (among 40 men) in the College of Arts & Sciences to be designated a Curators’  Distinguished Research Professor.  In 2016 she was named the College of Arts & Sciences first interdisciplinary Professor of Global Studies.  She is commonly known as “Dr. J.”