Astrid Menz studied Turkology, Islamic Philology and Islamic Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. She completed her studies in 1991 with a master’s thesis on the Turkish of the second Turkish generation in Germany. From 1993 to 1999 she was a research assistant in the Department of Oriental Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She completed her doctorate in 1998 with a dissertation entitled “Gagausische Syntax: eine Studie zum kontaktinduzierten Sprachwandel” (Gagauz Syntax: A Study on Contact-Induced Language Change). From 1999 to 2004, she worked as a research fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. In the winter semester 2005/06 and in the summer semester 2006, she taught on behalf of the Chair of Turkology at the Faculty of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University in Sweden. From 2006 to 2008, she taught at the Department of Turkish Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. From September 2006 to October 2019, she was Head Librarian at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. From November 2019 to October 2023, she was head of the library of the Asien-Afrika-Institut at Hamburg University.
Since November 2023, she is head librarian of the Orient-Institut Istanbul again.