Univ.-Doz. Dr. Katrin Keller


Katrin Keller is Director of the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies and Director of the research unit History of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Brief Biography

From 1980 to 1984, Katrin Keller studied at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig where she received her PhD in 1987 for a thesis on the history of everyday life in Leipzig in the sixteenth century. From 1987 to 1997, she was a researcher at the Department of History, and from October 1997 to January 1999, leader of the history section at the Institute of Saxon History and European ethnology (Volkskunde) in Dresden. She completed her habilitation at the Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Sciences of the University of Leipzig in July 1998, and a second habilitation at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Vienna in January 2001. From May 2001 to August 2003, she worked on the project 'Klientel und Patronage am Wiener Hof im 17. Jahrhundert' at the Department of History at Vienna University, and from July 2005 to February 2009 on the project 'Die Tagebücher und Tagzettel des Kardinals Ernst Adalbert von Harrach (1598-1667). Edition und Kommentar’ conducted at the same department. From February 2011 to November 2015, she headed the project 'Die Fuggerzeitungen. Ein frühneuzeitliches Informationsmedium und seine Erschließung’ at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research in Vienna. She has led the project 'Kaiserin und Reich: Zeremoniell, Medien und Herrschaft 1550-1740’ at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History since December 2015. She has been corresponding member of the Academy in the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences since 2017. Katrin Keller was Director of the INZ resp. IHB from April 2017 to March 2021, Deputy Director of the IHB from April 2021 to Juni 2023. Katrin Keller has resumed the position of Director of the IHB in July 2023.

Research Interests

Topics: women in courtly society, aristocracy and the court, urban history, modern history, history of Saxony


Hidden Figures: The Holy Roman Empire as a “Realm of Ladies”. In: Central European History, 55 (2022), 3, S. 339-354.


Die Kaiserin

Die Habsburgermonarchie und der Dreißigjährige Krieg