Dr Ehrenschwendtner studied Theology and Latin at the University of Munich and received her doctorate (Dr. theol., summa cum laude) from the University of Tuebingen, where she also taught Church History as an Assistent of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koepf. She came to Aberdeen as a Teaching Fellow in 2005 and became a Lecturer in Church History in 2006. Her research interests include various areas of female spirituality in the Middle Ages and the early English Reformation, especially the influence of Lutheran theology on the first English Reformers. She currently researches the interaction between literacy, perceptions of monastic space and religious practices.