Renata Rat completed a Master’s degree in European Studies at the University of Leipzig and the Università La Sapienza in Rome. Her research focused on South Eastern Europe, transitional justice and EU law. The Master’s thesis is about the media portrayal of Chinese health diplomacy in Serbia in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies and Political Science at the Technical University of Dresden and the Università degli Studi di Torino.
At Villa Vigoni, Renata Rat works as a project assistant and is particularly responsible for the joint project Re-Konstruktionen in cooperation with the German Historical Institute in Rome.
She was a research assistant at the department of Eastern and Southeastern European History at the University of Leipzig. She was a communications officer at the non-governmental organisation European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, where she also organised her own campaigns and a fact-finding mission. She also gained work experience in the press office and the political office of the German Embassy in Rome.