Susan Youens studied piano at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and then received her M. A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University, the latter in 1975. She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Ithaca College; she is currently the J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. She has written eight books on German song in the 19th century: Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Cambridge University Press 2007), Schubert’s Late Lieder: Beyond the Song Cycles (Cambridge UP 2002), Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs (Cambridge UP 2000), Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin (Cambridge UP 1997), Schubert’s poets and the making of lieder (Cambridge UP 1996), Hugo Wolf: The Vocal Music (Princeton UP 1992), Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (Cambridge UP 1992), and Retracing a Winter’s Journey: Schubert’s Winterreise (Cornell UP 1991). She is the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. For her contributions to scholarship, she was honored in November 2012 with honorary membership in the American Musicological Society. She is currently working on two books: A Social History of the Lied and Schumann in the World.