Margot E. Fassler is the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and the Robert Tangeman Professor Emerita of Music History at Yale University. Among her recent books are Medieval Cantors and Their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, 800–1500 (Boydell & Brewer, 2017); Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300–1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Books of a North German Dominican Convent (Aschendorff Verlag, 2016); and Music in the Medieval West (W. W. Norton, 2014) and Anthology for Music in the Medieval West (W. W. Norton, 2014).
At the Radcliffe Institute, Fassler joins with Susan Rankin of the University of Cambridge to work on a study of religious dramatic forms and genres that existed in the context of the Roman rite in western Europe (800–1500). The resulting book will engage with select medieval institutions—including monasteries, friaries, and cathedrals—and in several geographical areas.
Fassler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Medieval Academy of America (of which she is a former president), and the North American Academy of Liturgy, and she is an honorary member of the American Musicological Society. Her scholarship has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Theological Inquiry, the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study. She earned her PhD from Cornell University.