Johanna studied German Literature and Political Science at the University of Hannover and FU Berlin where she graduated with a M.A. and a Teaching Certificate in 'German as a Foreign Language'. In addition to various language classes, she taught tutorials on Celan at FU and on Bachmann at HU Berlin.
Her dissertation on the aesthetics and politics of (inter-)mediality deals with Jelinek, EXPORT and Röggla. Other research interests include postwar and contemporary German and Austrian literature, politics of memory, drama and performance theory, gender and feminist studies, Weimar Culture, Critical Theory, Literature of the 'Fin de Siècle' and 'Sturm und Drang'.