Claire Taylor Jones

Claire Taylor Jones
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Assistant Professor
  • Academic Concentration: Medieval Literature and Religious Culture in Germany
  • Residential Fellow (2017-2018)
  • "Washing the Altars: Shaping Religious Community in Medieval Holy Week Ritual"

Claire "CJ" Jones is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Notre Dame and specializes in literature and religious culture in late medieval Germany. Her research draws together mysticism, chronicles, devotional literature, statutes, and liturgy. Whereas her previous work has focused on German-language devotional and normative literature, her project at NDIAS is tentatively titled "Washing the Altars: Shaping Religious Community in Medieval Holy Week Ritual."

Her first book, Ruling the Spirit: Women, Liturgy and Dominican Reform in Late Medieval Germany, appeared with the University of Pennsylvania Press in October 2017. Her publications range in topic from Meister Eckhart’s language theory to the aesthetics of Byzantine reliquaries in German secular poetry and have appeared in such prestigious journals as Speculum, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and The Journal of English and Germanic Philology.

Professor Jones’s research has previously been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto and by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Her dissertation, “Communal Song and the Theology of Voice in Medieval German Mysticism,” won the Women in German Dissertation Prize in 2013.