studied East European History, Slavic Studies as well as Theatre, Cinema and TV Studies in Cologne, Mainz and Paris. 1996 – 2000 she was a research fellow at the Institute for East European History at Mainz University. 2000 – 2001 she participated in the object research and concept for the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin. As a postdoctoral fellow she worked from 2002 to 2006 at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture and taught courses at Leipzig University. In 2003 she finished her Ph.D. thesis »New Places – New People. Jewish forms of life in St Petersburg und Moscow in the 19th Century« (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2006).
During the 2006/07 academic year, she was a Yad Hanadiv Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After her return she was a guest scholar at the Leipzig Center for East Central European History and Culture (GWZO), where in 2008 she coordinated the project »Peace of religions and modes of solving religious conflicts in East Central Europe, 16th – 19th centuries«.
Since April 2008 Yvonne Kleinmann is head of the research group »Pathways of law in ethno-religiously mixed societies: Resources of experience in Poland-Lithuania and its successor states« at the Institute for Slavic Studies at Leipzig University. Her research focuses on the history of law and religion in early modern Poland-Lithuania.