Katharina Baier joined the Georg Eckert Institute in July 2013 as the coordinator for the international collaborative research project “Teaching the Cold War - Memory Practices in the Classroom”. She became the deputy equal opportunities officer in 2014 and was responsible for the fellowship programme in 2014/2015. In 2016 Katharina Baier also took over as joint co-ordinator of the Georg Arnhold Programme, with her colleague Wendy Anne Kopisch. The Georg Arnhold Program aims to promote research into education for sustainable peace. Its focus lies particularly on educational media and curricula at secondary school level.
She studied Nordic philology at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel and at Bergen University, with additional courses in Medieval German languages and literature as well as pre- and early history. She completed her master’s degree in 2006 after which she worked as a lecturer and researcher in Kiel University’s Nordic Institute. In 2008 Katharina Baier moved to the University of Freiburg where she worked as a researcher and lecturer for Scandinavian studies courses and joined the research group DFG-FG 875 "Historische Lebenswelten", which studies history in popular cultures. During this time she co-authored a university textbook on Nordic studies: Baier/Schäfke: Altnordisch. Eine Einführung. Tübingen: Narr, 2012. Katharina Baier is currently writing her PhD thesis in Medieval Scandinavian studies.