Sigrid G. Köhler is Chair for German Literature of the 18th and 19th century. Her main research areas are, among others, "Law and Literature", "Concepts and discourses on matter", "Race Theory, Postcolonial Studies and national Identities".

She studied German, French and Cultural Anthropology in Bochum, Bruxelles and Münster and received her PhD at the University of Münster. Subsequently she was Assistant Professor, followed by a Dilthey Fellowship of the VolkswagenStiftung (Volkswagen Foundation), also in Münster.

In 2010/11, she was granted a Feodor Lynen Fellowship at Yale University by the Humboldt Foundation. In 2016, she was Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Department of German Studies of the University of Cincinnati. Furthermore, she was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Hagen, Siegen, and Tübingen.

Aside from her academic career, she worked as a dramaturge in culture and theater projects in Münster and spent time working and researching in Congo, Senegal, Cameroon, and Togo.