The Michael P. Grace II Professor of Medieval Studies
Peter Jeffery came to Notre Dame in 2009, after a year as Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Prior to that he was the Scheide Professor of Music History at Princeton University, where he had taught since 1993. Earlier positions included Associate Professor at the University of Delaware, and Instructor at the Archdiocese of New York's School of Liturgical Music.
In 1982-83, Jeffery was an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University. From 1987-92, he held a “Genius Award” Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Among other honors, he has also been awarded the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, and a major research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy, he is also a Benedictine Oblate of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.
A gift from Michael P. Grace (’41) eventually led to the establishment of three Grace Professorships at Notre Dame. Grace was an oil and gas investor and former theatrical producer from Venice, Cali. His father, Joseph Grace, was memorialized at the University with the naming of Grace Hall and the Grace-Rupley Professorships.