Ina Serif studied History, German and Italian in Freiburg i. Br. (D) and Rome (I). She received her PhD from the University of Freiburg in 2018 with a thesis on the reception of urban historiography, taking the late medieval chronicle of Jakob Twinger von Königshofen as a case study.
Besides working with premodern sources she is interested in ways of disseminating and preservating knowledge, and she has a focus on digital history, both in research and in teaching. Currently she is using a quantitative approach to printed book advertisements in an early modern newspaper, falling back on qualitative methods if in panic. She is a member of the networks Historische Grundwissenschaften and Historische Wissens- und Gebrauchsliteratur, of the DHd working group Zeitungen und Zeitschriften and an associated member of the SNF project «Printed Markets».
She has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Basel since 2017, since 2019 at the chair of Renaissance and Early Modern History, since August 2021 as assistant for Premodern and Digital History.