Kornelia Freitag was born in Potsdam in 1958. She studied Slavic and English Studies at the University of Potsdam. After completing her PhD and following research stays at Stanford University, she obtained an habilitation degree in American Studies at the University of Potsdam. In 2002, she was appointed to the C4-professorship on “Amerikastudien/American Studies” at the Ruhr University Bochum.
From 2007 to 2009, she was Dean of the Faculty of Philology, and between 2010 and 2013, she was the spokesperson for the humanities in the Ruhr University Research School. From 2012 to 2015, she was a member of the Ruhr University Senate.
In November 2021, after a first term of office from 2015 to 2021, she was re-elected as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. In this role, she was the spokesperson for the Vice-Rector’s Work Group for Academic Affairs, NRW, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Learning & Teaching Initiative of the European University Association. She is currently a board member of the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and a member of the Advisory Board for Quality Assurance in Teaching and Studies at the University of Greifswald.