Angela Keppler studied political science, sociology and ethnology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Constance. She received her PhD in sociology under Thomas Luckmann at the University of Konstanz in 1984 and her habilitation in 1993. From 1994 to 1997, she was Heisenberg Professor at the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Universities of Constance and Hamburg. From 1997 to 2001 she held a chair in General Communication Science at the University of Dresden. Since 2001 she has been a professor at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the University of Mannheim.
From 1998 to 2002 Angela Keppler was spokeswoman of the section Media and Communication Sociology in the German Society of Sociology and from 2005 to 2009 a member of the Council of the German Society of Sociology. From 2007–2014 she was a member of the staff of the Institute for Social Research at the Goethe University Frankfurt/
Her research focuses on media and communication sociology, film and television theory, film and television analysis, and the analysis of mediated communication.