Susanne Zwierlein is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. She received her first degree (equivalent to MA) in Classics (Latin), European History, and Italian Literature and Linguistics, and holds a PhD (Dr. phil.) in History from the University of Bonn.
Susanne Zwierlein’s research addresses the political, intellectual, and literary history of medieval Europe, focusing in particular upon diplomatics, manuscript studies, and vernacular literature from the Carolingian period through late medieval times. Her interests include the historical auxiliary sciences, political and literary interrelations, and editing historical documents. Before coming to Harvard, she has held several positions as research and teaching assistant at the University of Marburg, at the critical edition of the charters of Louis the Pious (MGH Diplomata project located at the University of Bonn, funded by the NRW Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste and the DFG), and as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Salento (Lecce).
She is the author of Studien zu den Arengen in den Urkunden Kaiser Ludwigs des Frommen (814-840) (MGH Studien und Texte 60, Harrassowitz - Wiesbaden, 2016) and collaborated on the critical edition of the diplomata of Louis the Pious (MGH Diplomata Karolinorum 2, Harrassowitz – Wiesbaden, 2016). She has also worked on the literary production of the Scuola Siciliana at the court of Frederick II of Hohenstauffen and its socio-cultural relations with the historical context, as well as on late medieval female readership and theological discourse in a vernacular collection of mystical texts originated in the Lower Rhine Region.
She is currently preparing an edition of a 15th century vernacular miscellany of sermons and mystical treatises from the nunnery Nazareth in Geldern (Lower Rhineland).