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 2016 Office Hours: MW 2:00-5:00, and by appointment



Tobias Boes

Associate Professor of German
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature 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. Additional interests include environmental humanities and the German operatic tradition.

Office: 302 Decio Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7188 | Email | CV | Homepage
Spring 2016 Office Hours: M 10:30-12:00, W 2:00-3:00


Denise M. Della Rossa

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

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

Office: 334 Decio Hall | Phone: (574) 631-2216 | Email | CV
Spring 2016 Office Hours: MW 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 | Phone: (574) 631-7368 | Email | CV

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Daniel Fastlabend

Fulbright Teaching Assistant
M.A. Student in English, History, Religion, University of Paderborn

Daniel is interested in the fields of historical culture and historical identity, especially the relation between society and history, and in how far history is used to predict future developments.

Email | CV


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 | Phone: (574) 631-5121 | Email | CV | Homepage


Claire Jones

Assistant Professor of German

PhD. 2012, University of Pennsylvania

CJ 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| Phone: (574) 631-2779 | Email | CV
Spring 2016 Office Hours:  MWF 2:00-3:00, T 10:00-12:00

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Steffen Kaupp

Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist
Resident Director, Notre Dame Berlin Program

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

He specializes in contemporay literature and film, with broader research interests in gender and sexuality studies. He also has an active scholarship of teaching and learning research agenda.

Office: 312 Decio | Phone: Phone: (574) 631-0456 | Email | CV | Home Page


Robert E. Norton

Associate Vice President for Internationalization in Notre Dame International; Professor of German; Concurrent Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. 1988, Princeton University

His specializations include 18th- through 20th-Century German literature and philosophy, aesthetics and ethics, and German intellectual history.

Office: 105 Main| Phone: (574) 631-5882 | 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 Hall | Phone: (574) 631-8142 | Email | Home Page | CV
Spring 2016 Office Hours: T 1:00-3:00, and by appointment


Hannelore Weber

Teaching Professor

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 Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7751 | Email | CV
Spring 2016 Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30, T 12:30-1:30


Frank Wolff

Max Kade Visiting Professor
Ph.D. 2011, University of Bielefeld, Germany 

His research focuses on migration history in the 19th and 20th centuries with a special interest in the history of the global Jewish diaspora and postwar Germany. Currently he is working on a monograph on the social and cultural history of German-German relations during the period of the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989.

Office: 301 Decio Hall | Email | HomepageCV 


Nancy Bikowski

Administrative Assistant

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