Carolin Emcke was born in 1967 in Mülheim an der Ruhr. She studied philosophy, politics and history in London, Frankfurt am Main and at Harvard University. From 1998 to 2006 she was a member of the editorial team of the magazine Der Spiegel and foreign correspondent in crisis zones around the world. In 2003/04 she was Visiting Lecturer for political theory at Yale University. From 2007 to 2014 she was an international reporter for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. Since 2014 she has been working as a freelance publicist and columnist for the weekend edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Since the 2004/2005 season, Carolin Emcke has been curating and moderating the discussion series Streitraum.
Recent publications include »Stumme Gewalt - Nachdenken über die RAF« (2008), »Wie wir begehren« (2012), »Weil es sagbar ist. Über Zeugenschaft und Gerechtigkeit« (2013), »Gegen den Hass« (2016). Awards (selection): Otto Brenner Prize for Critical Journalism (2010), German Reporter Award in the category »Best Reportage« (2010), Journalist of the Year award (2010), Johann Heinrich Merck Prize of the German Academy for Language and Poetry for her complete works (2014), Lessing Prize of the Free State of Saxony (2015), Lichtenberg Poetics Lectureship Prize, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (2016).