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I grew up in the Tyrolean Alps (Thiersee, Austria). A classical philologist, I received a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Innsbruck, where I was also trained as a manuscript expert. I joined the Classics department at Princeton in September 2016, after having taught the Classics for two years at the University of Vienna. Prior to that, over the period of six-and-a-half years, I held four different research positions at Oxford University, where I also taught.
My research focuses primarily on Latin language and literature, with a particular interest in Late and Medieval Latin, on textual transmission and criticism, paleography and codicology, and the history of the book. I am currently working on a monograph and an edition (with commentary and translation) of a Medieval Latin text with the charming title Totum nihil (‘A whole lot of nothing’), which I discovered a number of years ago, and which has preoccupied me ever since. Several books of mine will appear in 2017: The Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library. A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2017), in two volumes; with A. Mazurek: Der Oxforder Boethius. Edition und Studie, TMA (Berlin, 2017), as well as an essay volume which I edited to accompany a manuscript and papyrus exhibition at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. The exhibit (‘Handschriften und Papyri. Wege des Wissens’), which I co-organized and to which I also contributed, will be on show from May 2017 to January 2018.
I have taught courses on Greek language, Latin language and literature (Classical, Late, Medieval and Neo-Latin, at all levels), paleography and the history of the book, and have supervised undergraduate independent work on various topics. At Princeton, I offer courses mainly in Classics (Classical, Late and Medieval Latin) and in Medieval Studies.