PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher joined the Herder Institute in 2003 and became head of the department "Academic Forum" in 2009. She studied Eastern European and Modern History as well as Political Science and Yiddish Studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where she received her PhD in 2000 on the topic of the Pilsudski cult. Since 2018, she has worked as a lecturer at the Philipps University in Marburg, after completing her habilitation there with a monograph on municipal politics in Lemberg (L'viv/Lwów) from 1861/62 to 1914.  Her work focuses on security and conflict history, family and gender history, the history of ethnic and religious minorities, and cultures of memory in Eastern Europe.