Monique Nagel-Angermann studied Sinology and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Archaeology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, obtaining her PhD in 1999 with a thesis about the Diwang shiji (Records of Emperors and Kings) of Huangfu Mi (215–282). She is a historian of China focusing on ancient and imperial China. Her research interests include the history, historiography, cities, and material culture of China. She has worked as a lecturer on Chinese culture and history at several universities.
Nagel-Angermann has published two monographs on Chinese history in general, Das alte China (Stuttgart: Theis, 2007) and Die Geschichte des Alten China (Wiesbaden: Marix, 2018), as well as special articles on historiography, agriculture, encyclopedias, and law during the pre-imperial and imperial periods of China.
At the MPIWG, she is part of the “Transience: Politics and Practices of Time in the Chinese Period of Division” working group. She is focusing on historiographical sources about the Sixteen States of Early Medieval China, asking about their significance in dealing with the transience and the disharmony of the time.