Nina Glibetić and Gabriel Radle to be new assistant professors of liturgical studies

June 13, 2024

The Institute of Sacred Music is delighted to announce the appointments of Drs. Nina Glibetić and Gabriel Radle as assistant professors of liturgical studies at the Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. They join us from the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame where they have held similar positions since 2018. Professors Glibetić and Radle are among the most decorated liturgical historians of their generation.

Nina Glibetić is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research draws principally from liturgiology, medieval history, ritual studies, and Byzantine and Slavic studies. She has received several fellowships, including at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Dumbarton Oaks, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2013-14. She currently has an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship to work at the University of Regensburg. Professor Glibetić has published on a variety of topics, such as the liturgy of early Slavs, the development of eucharistic practices in Byzantium, religious rituals for women at childbirth and miscarriage, and the impact of liturgy on the formation of national identity. Before coming to Notre Dame, she was an assistant professor in liturgical studies at the Catholic University of America. Glibetić is also a member of an international research team supported by the Austrian Science Fund and dedicated to studying the Glagolitic manuscripts discovered at St Catherine’s Monastery on Mt Sinai in 1975. In 2021, Prof. Glibetić was appointed by Pope Francis as consultor to the Dicastery of Oriental Churches, Vatican City. In prior positions, she has taught courses on Liturgy and Culture, Liturgical Methodologies: From Baumstark to Bell, Liturgy and the Female Body, Liturgical History, and Sacred Space and Identity in Jerusalem.

Gabriel Radle specializes in early and medieval Christian liturgy, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean world. His research contextualizes the historical practice of Christianity through the comparative reading of liturgical manuscripts across traditions and by engaging these sources with visual and material culture, hagiography, homiletic literature, and legal documents, both canonical and civil. His publications include studies on marriage rituals in East and West, including a monograph on late antique and Byzantine weddings (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), prayer books on Sinai, medieval rites of passage for children and adolescents, manuscripts of eucharistic texts, and the unique medieval religious history of Southern Italy. At the University of Notre Dame, Professor Radle has taught courses in the Eucharist, Christian Initiation, Marriage, Liturgies of the Christian East, Early Christian Liturgies, and Liturgy in the Roman Empire: Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria and their Peripheries. Radle has lectured internationally and held research fellowships at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Regensburg (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow).

Professors Glibetić and Radle will spend the 2024-25 academic year on fellowships in Germany, after which, we look forward to welcoming them back to Yale.