Sabine von Heusinger studied History, German Literature and Language and Political Science at the University of Constance. In 1996, she finished her Ph.D. thesis on the Dominican Johannes Mulberg († 1414) who persecuted beguines at Basel. As a post-doc, she received a DFG-grant (German Science Foundation) to spend a year at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research project focused on the concept of work (labor/opus) in canonistic commentaries. In 2006, she finished her Habilitation on the subject of medieval guilds, particularly in Strasbourg, at the University of Mannheim. She has taught at various universities, including Luzern/Switzerland, Konstanz, Stuttgart and Bielefeld. Since 2011, she has been a senior professor in late medieval history at the University of Cologne. Her research interests include the "material turn" (in relation to guild objects) and water in medieval history. Her current project investigates fountains in medieval towns as focal points of conflict and power.