Britta Simon

Affiliate Assistant Professor, German Studies; Director of Summer Quarter, Academic Programs
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I hold a master’s degree in Medieval Latin and Medieval German from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, and a PhD from University of Washington where I wrote my dissertation on the significance of non-verbal communication in “Nibelungenlied.” My doctoral advisor was C. Stephen Jaeger. After a brief teaching stint at University of Iowa, I worked at Microsoft Corporation in positions related to localization, natural language processing, and training. In 2010, I returned to University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education where I manage Summer Quarter.

My interest is in the Middle-Ages is broad. Topics of interest include courtly literature and culture, medieval scientific compendia, bestiaries, legends, and medieval music.

For the past years, I have been  hosting “Early Music Northwest,” an educational radio show at KBCS 91.3 fm featuring topics in medieval history, literature and philosophy as they relate to medieval music. Past broadcasts included topics such as “Andreas Capellanus’ Art of Courtly Love,” “Legends and Music of Saint Nicholas,” “Guillaume de Machaut,” “The Medieval Motet,” “The Holy Grail,” and “Early Polyphonic Masses.”