Katrin Kleemann studied history and cultural anthropology at the University of Kiel and the Free University Berlin, earning her MA in early modern history in October 2014. Her master's thesis analyzed the impacts of the Icelandic Laki fissure eruption of 1783 on the German territories. During her studies she worked as a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
In autumn 2015 Katrin Kleemann joined the Environment and Society doctoral program at the Rachel Carson Center, and since December 2015 she also works as a Research Associate for the Environment & Society Portal, where she coordinates the Virtual Exhibitions and Arcadia projects.
Her dissertation explores the impacts of the Laki fissure eruption of 1783 in a broader geographical context, examining the impacts of this volcanic eruption on the northern hemisphere. She is particularly interested in how a single regional natural phenomenon can have multiple and far reaching consequences on environment and society.