Margot Fassler

Margot Fassler

Endowed Professor

Primary Field of Study: Liturgical Studies
Secondary Field of Study History of Christianity


Ph.D. Cornell University

Research and Training Interests

Theology, Liturgy, and the Arts; Congregational Studies; Sacred Music


Author, with Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti, Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent. 2 vols. Munster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2016.

Editor, with Katie Bugyis and Andrew Kraebel, Medieval Cantors and Their Craft: Music, Liturgy, and the Shaping of History, York Medieval Press of Boydell and Brewer, 2017. Also on JSTOR.

With Jeffery Hamburger. "The Desert in Paradise: A Newly-Discovered Office for John the Baptist from Paradies bei Soest and Its Place in the Dominican Liturgy" In Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music and Sound, ed. Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly (Turnhout, 2015), 251-280. [This book was awarded the Ruth Solie prize for an outstanding collection of essays in 2016.}

“Angels and Ideas -- Hildegard's Musical Hermeneutic.... In Unversehrt und Unverletzt: Hildegards von Bingen Menschenbild und Kirchenverständnis Heute, ed. Rainer Berndt SJ and Maura Zátonyi OSB (Munster, 2015), pp. 189-212.

The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts. Yale University Press, 2010. Winner of the Ace-Mercer Award and the Otto Gründler Prize.


Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, University of Notre Dame, is Director of the Program in Sacred Music and Tangeman Professor of Music History, Emerita, Yale University. Recent books include Music in the Medieval West and its accompanying Anthology (New York, 2014); (with Jeffery Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, and Susan Marti) Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300-1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent, 2 vols. (Munster, 2016), and Medieval Cantors and Their Craft (ed. with Katie Bugyis and AB Kraebel) York Medieval Press, 2017. Fassler is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a former President of the Medieval Academy of America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society. Her digital work includes documentary studies of contemporary congregations. Her book: Cosmos and Creation in Hildegard’s Scivias will be published by the State University of New York Press. A digital model of creation and cosmos based on the illuminations of Scivias (with Christian Jara) will appear in 2019. These works have been supported by grants from the Luce Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the ACLS.



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