Margot Fassler Named a Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Author: Noelle Elliott

Margot Fassler

Cambridge, Mass.— Margot Fassler, Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, and Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, has been named a 2019–2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, joining more than 50 women and men in the incoming fellowship class as they pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. Fassler will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry at Harvard’s institute for advanced study. She is among just 3.7 percent of applicants accepted.

“This is a remarkable class of fellows,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin RI ’17, the Daniel P. S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Radcliffe’s Fellowship Program—a microcosm of the Institute—is a laboratory of ideas where scholars, artists, scientists, and practitioners draw insights from one another and generate new knowledge that spans disciplinary boundaries. I am extraordinarily excited to see what emerges from this incredible group of individuals in the year ahead.”

While in residence, fellows at the Radcliffe Institute present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups, and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who serve as research partners. On her fellowship year, Professor Fassler will be working on an interdisciplinary book on drama, liturgy and music in medieval Europe (800-1500), partnering with Professor Susan Rankin of the University of Cambridge, who has also been named as a fellow in the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.

The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 900 fellowships since its founding in 1999.

The full list of fellows is online here.


Originally published by Noelle Elliott at on May 17, 2019.