German Faculty


William Collins Donahue

John J. Cavanaugh, CSC Professor of the Humanities
Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature

Ph.D. 1995, Harvard University
Office: 318 O'Shaughnessy Hall | Phone: (574) - 631-5572 | Email | CV

Spring 2018 Office Hours: WF 3:30-4:30, please make appointment with Ms. Bikowski

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Tobias Boes

Associate Professor of German
Ph.D. 2006, Yale University

Professor Boes specializes in the modernist period, the theory and history of the novel, and in cultural interactions between Germany and the world at large.

Office: 302 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7188Email | CV | Homepage
On leave Spring 2018


Denise M. Della Rossa

Teaching Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Della Rossa specializes in 19th-Century German women's writing, in which she pursues the process by which women developed a literary consciousness.

Office: 334 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-2216Email | CV
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MWF 3:15-4:45, and by appointment


Carsten Dutt

Assistant Professor of German
Ph.D. 2004, University of Heidelberg

Professor Dutt’s specializations include literary hermeneutics, the theory and methodology of conceptual history, and modern German literature.

Office: 360 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7368Email | CV
On leave Spring 2018

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Julia Faisst

Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor
Ph.D. 2009, Harvard University

Professor Faisst’s current research uses the lenses of race and class to interrogate spatial inequalities in contemporary American literature, photography, and film. Further specializations include the environmental humanities and comparative cultural memory.

Office: ​302 Decio Faculty Hall​ | Phone: (574) 631-7188 | Email | CV
Spring 2018 Office Hours: T/TH 2-3​ 

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Spencer Hawkins

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2014, University of Michigan

Professor Hawkins’ research focuses on contemporary translation theory, practice of translation, linguistic approaches to translation, as well as continental philosophy, and rhetorical theory and history.

Office: 312 Decio Faculty Hall | Email | CV
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MF 11-12


Vittorio Hösle

Ph.D. 1982, and Dr. habil. 1986, Tubingen

Paul G. Kimball Chair of Arts and Letters, Professor of German, Concurrent Professor of Philosophy, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, Founding Director of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Hosle's specializations include philosophy (metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics) and intellectual history.

Office: 281 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-5121Email | CV | Home Page
Spring 2018 TBD

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Claire Jones

Assistant Professor of German

PhD. 2012, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Jones specializes in medieval religious culture, in particular German Dominican spirituality, and is embarking on new research on vernacular chronicles of religious orders in medieval Germany.

Office: 303 Decio Faculty Hall| Phone: (574) 631-2779Email | CV
On Leave Spring 2018

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Steffen Kaupp

Assistant Teaching Professor
Executive Resident Director, Notre Dame Berlin Programs

Ph.D. 2016, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill

Professor Kaupp specializes in contemporary literature and film, with a focus on Turkish German fiction. He also has an active SoTL research agenda, and is interested in the latest trends in immersive study abroad programming. 

Office: 317 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-0422 | Email | CV | Home Page
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 10:30-11:30, F 11:30-12:30, and by appointment

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Charlotte F. Lange

Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistant 

M.A. 2017 in Education, Westfälische-Wilhelms-University of Münster

Office: 329 DeBartolo (CSLC) | Email | CV 
Spring 2018 Office Hours: TTh 11:00-12:00


Robert E. Norton

Professor of German; Concurrent Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. 1988, Princeton University

Professor Norton's specializations include 18th- through 20th-Century German literature and philosophy, aesthetics and ethics, and German intellectual history.

Office: 105 Main | Phone: (574) 631-5882Email | CV
Fall 2017 Office Hours:  MW 2:00-3:00

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Matthias Pabsch

Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence

Ph.D. 2002, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Professor Pabsch is a renowned Berlin-based artist and art historian. His artistic mediums are painting, sculpture and photography. Prof. Pabsch has published books on art, architecture and urban design.

Office: 360 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7368 | Email | CV


Mark W. Roche

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Professor of German; Concurrent Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. 1984, Princeton University

Professor Roche teaches courses in German language, literature, intellectual history, and film as well as broader courses in the humanities. His publications have been on German literature and on philosophy, film, and higher education.

Office: 349 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-8142Email | CV | Home Page
Spring 2018 Office Hours: M 2:00-3:30, W 3:00-4:30, and by appointment 


Hannelore Weber

Teaching Professor
Language Program Director of German

M.A. in German 1994, University of Notre Dame

Professor Weber specializes in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Her additional interests include German music, with a focus on German Lieder.


Office: 305 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7751Email | CV
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30, T 12:30-1:30, and by appointment


Nancy Bikowski

Administrative Assistant

Office: 318 O'Shaughnessy | Phone: (574) 631-5572Email