Free University of Berlin
Hoffmann studied art history, classical archeology, folklore, and library science at the University of Kiel and at the Free University of Berlin. In 2005, she received a PhD for her dissertation on the Die Brücke art movement.
From 1990 to 1994, she was a research assistant at the Berlin gallery Theis and the Berlin Ceramics Museum. From 1992 to 1995, she taught Art History at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin. From 1995 to 1999, she was a research trainee and assistant at the Brücke Museum in Berlin, and from 1999 to 2006, she worked as a freelance art historian, writer and curator.
Since November 2006, she has been employed at the Degenerate Art Research Center at the Free University of Berlin, and since 2007, she has been working on a new course study for provenance research, which the Free University has now offered since 2011.