Susan Youens, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976, has just retired as the J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught since 1984. She is the author of eight books on German song: Retracing a Winter’s Journey: Schubert’s Winterreise (Cornell UP, 1991), Schubert’s poets and the making of lieder (Cambridge UP, 1996), Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (Cambridge UP, 1992), Hugo Wolf: The Vocal Music (Princeton UP, 1992), Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs (Cambridge UP, 2001), Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin (Cambridge UP, 1997), as well as over sixty scholarly articles and chapters in books. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Humanities Center, and has taught at the Steans Institute for Young Artists/Ravinia Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Bard Festival, and more. She has delivered lectures in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, England, and Ireland; has won Ireland’s Harrison Medal and honorary membership in the American Musicological Society; and regularly writes program notes for song recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. She is currently working on A Social History of the Lied.