Meike Schmidt-Gleim was born in 1972 in Wolfsburg, Germany. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a freelance art critic. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, she graduated with a doctorate in philosophy in 2005. From 2007 to 2008 she taught at the Kunstakademie Münster. She has been a research associate at Fulda University of Applied Sciences since 2019, specializing in democratic theory, critical theory, image theory, and gender studies.