Susan Wessel and Miles Hollingworth are married and live in the United States, in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where they created The Wessel-Hollingworth Foundation, a 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 BA, MA, and PhD 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 from Smith College, and then went on to receive her JD 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 has been supported by her multi-lingual studies. She counts Greek, Latin, French, and German among the languages she works in. This has given her special access to ancient texts and has helped her in her specialties of patristics, historical theology, and early Christianity. She has taught as a University Professor for nearly twenty years, and currently holds the Moran Chair in Early Church History at The Catholic University of America. In addition to teaching in the fields of Historical Theology and Early Church History, she is a well-published scholar, researcher, and translator.
Among her prestigious publications are several books and translations, including her most recent book, Reading Augustine: On Compassion, Healing, Suffering and the Purpose of the Emotional Life (Bloomsbury: New York and London, 2020). She has contributed numerous articles and book chapters to periodicals and edited collections, covering such topics as the history of the Church councils, the emotions in early Christian thought, compassion and healing in early Byzantium, a monograph and several articles on Leo the Great, articles on Gregory of Nyssa and the reception of ancient philosophy, and several contributions in the field of early ecclesiastical law.
“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”Ephesians 5:19