Professor of Music, Historical Musicology
Department Chair (2014–17)
621B Dodge Hall
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 is a recipient of Columbia's Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award and 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 seven 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) and Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound (2015). 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 co-chairs the Columbia University Seminar on Medieval Studies, and serves on the Advisory Board of The University Seminars. With Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto), Boynton 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, The Journal of Musicology, and Marginalia.
The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Production, Reception, and Performance in Western Christianity
Degrees from Other Institutions:
Louvain la Neuve
Music and Women's Studies