Peter Strohschneider studied German philology, law, history, sociology and political science, and received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich in 1984. He was Professor of German Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Dresden University of Technology from 1992 until 2002. Since 2002, he has held the chair of German Medieval Studies at the LMU in Munich.
His research foci lie in the fields of German medieval and pre-modern culture and literature, as well as academic research policy. He was a visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and is a member of, i.al., the Academia Europaea, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
2006 to 2011 he chaired the German Sciences and Humanities Council (WR, Wissenschaftsrat) and from 2013 – 2019 he was President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). Since then, he is back in his own research, but also involved in various institutional and political commissions (among others the federal government’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture ZKL).