Susan Boynton joined the Columbia faculty in 2000. Her research interests include liturgy and music in medieval Western monasticism, particularly the abbey of Cluny; manuscript studies; music in the Iberian peninsula; and music and childhood. Boynton has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has published six books. The first, Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (2006), won the Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society. Her second monograph, Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain (2011), won the Society's Robert M. Stevenson Award. Prof. Boynton coedited (with Diane Reilly) The Practice of the BIble in the Middle Ages (2011). Other coedited volumes include From Dead of Night to End of Day (2005), Musical Childhoods and the Cultures of Youth (2006) and Young Choristers, 650-1700 (2008).
Professor Boynton chairs the Columbia University Seminar on Medieval Studies, is a Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America, and is on the Board of the American Musicological Society. With Isabelle Cochelin, she is general editor of the interdisciplinary series Disciplina Monastica: Studies on Medieval Monastic Life/Etudes sur la vie monastique au moyen age (Brepols Publishers). She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Studies in Iconography, and Marginalia, is one of the book review editors for Speculum.