Kristina Kummerer

Kristina Kummerer


M.M.S. Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame (2023); M.A., Medieval Studies, University College Dublin (2019); B.A., Music and History with Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Ancient Mediterranean Studies minors, Trinity University (2014)

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Medieval cultural history; monastic & lay women in the Middle Ages; manuscript studies; medieval music manuscripts; Dominican reform movements


Kristina's work focuses on the experience of medieval women, as seen through their Latin liturgical chant manuscripts. She has particular interest in extant manuscripts copied by and for small communities of Dominican nuns, which retain liturgical, codicological, and paleographic features indicative of the women who used them. Recent projects include analyzing groups of under-researched medieval music manuscripts used for the Mass and Office in religious communities of Belgium, Italy, and France, which provide insight into the everyday lives and agentic power of medieval women, the implementation of widespread musico-liturgical change, and the networks of communication and manuscript transmission throughout western Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Notre Dame Graduate School Professional Development Award, May 2023
  • “Layers of Reform: Codicology and Paleography in Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library cod. Lat. e. 5," International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 2023)
  • “Franciscan Liturgy and Book Production in Late Medieval Italy: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, W211, 213, & 216," Newberry Library Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference in Premodern Studies (Chicago, 2023)
  • Teaching Assistant: "World of the Middle Ages" (University of Notre Dame, Spring 2023)
  • Notre Dame University Presidential Fellowship, August 2021–Present