Melanie Arndt studied political science, Eastern European studies and modern history in Potsdam, Berlin and London. She received her PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin in 2008 with a dissertation on the health policies in divided Berlin, 1948–1961, which was published 2009 (Böhlau). From 2004-2012 she worked at the Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam, from 2008-2012 as the director of the international research project "Politics and Society after Chernobyl: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, and Germany." She has taught environmental history and historical disaster research at Humboldt University Berlin, Potsdam University, the European Humanities University Vilnius / Minsk in Lithuania, Zurich and Regensburg University. Arndt was a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich (2012) at the Stanford Humanities Center, California (2013/2014). From 2012-2017 she had been working at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, from 2014 as co-director of the French-German research project "Contemporary Environmental History of the Soviet Union and the Successor States, 1970-2000. Ecological Globalization and Regional Dynamics" (together with Klaus Gestwa, Tübingen, and Marc Elie, Paris). She has also been a member of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and until July 2018 she worked at the University of Regensburg. In the spring of 2018 she submitted her habilitation manuscript on the transnational history of the Chernobyl disaster. Arndt is member of the editorial board of the journal "Zeithistorische Forschungen / Studies in Contemporary History" and the online platform "Zeitgeschichte Online / Contemporary History Online."