Wim Verbaal studied Biology at the Landbouwhogeschool Wageningen (NL) and Classical Philology at the University of Gent (Belgium), where he also received his PhD in 2000 with a thesis on the writing strategies of Bernard of Clairvaux (A Divine Tragedy. Triumph and Defeat in the Word by Bernard of Clairvaux). Since 2005 Wim Verbaal has been Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Ghent University.
Besides teaching at his home university, he lectures in Medieval Latin for the DEEM (FIDEM, Rome) and has been a Visiting Professor at several universities. He is also the President of the Henri Pirenne Institute of Medieval Studies (Ghent), President of the Ex-Alumni of the DEEM (FIDEM), an Associate of the Center of Medieval Literatures (Odense-York) and the online journal Interfaces, and a member of the scientific and editorial committees of Corpus Christianorum, Sacris Erudiri, and Toronto Medieval Texts.
His research focuses on the vast literature of the 12th century, the writings and spirituality of and around Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter Abelard, as well as Latin poetics after Antiquity. He is currently working on a new monograph on the Loire poetics.