Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy
Renowned for her work at the intersection of musicology and theology, Margot Fassler, the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgyat Notre Dame, is an internationally recognized expert in sacred music of all periods, but in particular of the medieval period. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2009, Prof. Fassler spent a decade as director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and she continues her work in the Departments of Music and of Theology at Notre Dame, where she is also a co-director of the Masters of Sacred Music program. She holds a concurrent appointment in the Medieval Institute. Her most recent book is The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts (Yale University Press 2010).
In addition to her work as a historian, Prof. Fassler is a documentarian, whose films engage communities of song within ritual contexts.
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Fassler has also won many prizes and fellowships in her discipline. These include the John Nicolas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of American and the Otto Kinkeldey Prize of the American Musicological Society. She has been a member in the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Theological Inquiry, and a Luce Fellow.