Susan Wessel and Miles Hollingworth are married and live with their son in the United States, where they created The Wessel-Hollingworth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. It stands upon their unique approach to theology and the arts, for which they are renowned.
Miles Hollingworth was born in London and raised in South Africa. After receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Durham University in England, he lived in Italy for many years, before moving to the US.
He is known for his biographies of Saint Augustine of Hippo and Ludwig Wittgenstein, published by Oxford University Press. His books display a willingness to prioritise matters of the heart and questions of love, in contrast with an academic world dominated by traditional ways of knowing.
Along these same lines, he founded the “Reading Augustine” book series with Bloomsbury Publishing. Under his continuing general editorship, the series has gone on to great success, while encouraging scholars to take the iconic, ancient figure of Augustine and re-work his ideas for a 21st century caught between its present and its past. In addition to publishing distinguished professors, the series mentors and publishes deserving young scholars.
He received the Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction from the Royal Society of Literature in the United Kingdom and was shortlisted for the Gladstone History Book Prize. He is currently writing a book titled The Pure Theory of Religion for Oxford University Press.
Susan Wessel received her B.A. in Music History and Theory with honors from Smith College, and then went on to earn her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She held legal positions in law firms in Germany and the United States, including serving as a member of the litigation department of the prestigious Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Boston.
Her career path changed as she pursued graduate degrees in Theology and Religious Studies from Harvard Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University.
Her theological training is augmented by her linguistic studies in ancient Greek and Latin, the primary languages she works in. This direct access to the ancient texts supports her research in Patristics, historical theology, and early Christianity.
An accomplished scholar and teacher, she is the author of four books and numerous articles, including, Reading Augustine: On Compassion, Healing, Suffering and the Purpose of the Emotional Life (Bloomsbury) and Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity (Cambridge University Press).