German Faculty

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Judith Benz

Teaching Professor of German
Ph.D. 2007, Yale University

Professor Benz specializes in the reception and adaptation of medieval Arthurian romances in 20th- and 21st-Century German literature.

Office: 104 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7903Email | CV
Spring 2021 Office Hours:  Monday 10:00-11:00, Tuesday 12:00-1:00 and by appointment.  All meetings will be held via ZOOM.

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Tobias Boes
Chair, Department of German and Russian, Spring 2021

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: 122 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-7188 | Email |CV | Homepage
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Monday 10:15-11:15, Wednesdays 1:00-2:40.  All meetings will be held via ZOOM. Please contact Professor Boes to set up your appointment.


Denise M. Della Rossa

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

"Professor Della Rossa specializes in 18th- and 19th-Century German women's writing, in which she pursues the process by which women developed a literary consciousness."

Office: 114 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone: (574) 631-2216 | Email |CV
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Tuesday 2:15-3:15 and Wednesday 1:00-2:00 by appointment via ZOOM.  Email Professor Della Rossa at to schedule an appointment.

William Collins Donahue

William Collins Donahue

Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities
Professor of German 
Director, Initiative for Global Europe, Keough School of Global Affairs
Faculty Fellow, Pulte Institute for Global Development & Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Ph.D. 1995, Harvard University
Office: Nanovic Hall | Phone: (574) 631-5253 | Email | CV
Spring 2021 Office Hours:  Before and after class (in person), and Friday afternoon (by Zoom, by appointment).



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: 100 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone:  (574) 631-5121 | Email | CV| Home Page
Spring 2021 Office Hours:  Professor Hosle has no office hours in the Spring semester.

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Claire Taylor (CJ) Jones

William Payden Associate Professor of German

PhD. 2012, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Jones specializes in medieval literature with a particular focus on religious culture, mystical literature, and liturgy.

Office: 103 Decio Faculty Hall | Phone:  (574) 631-2779 | Email CV
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 2:00-3:30 by appointment via Google Calendar Link below, and will be held via ZOOM.  ZOOM link information is provided when you make an appointment via the Google Calendar Appointments:  Google Calendar Appointments 


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Robert E. Norton

Professor of German;  Concurrent Professor of History; Concurrent Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. 1988, Princeton University

Professor Norton’s research focuses on 18th- through 20th-Century German and European cultural and intellectual history, in particular aesthetics, ethics, and political thought.

Office: 101 Decio| Phone:  (574) 631-5882 | Email | CV  | Homepage

Spring 2021 Office Hours:  Monday and Wednesday 2:10-3:00 via ZOOM only.  Please email Professor Norton at to request an appointment.


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) 631-8142| Email | CV | Home Page                             
Spring 2021 Office Hours: Monday 4:00-5:00 and Friday 2:00-3:30 via ZOOM only.  Students not currently enrolled in Professor Roche's classes should contact for the ZOOM link. 

Nancy Bikowski

Administrative Assistant

Office: 118 Decio | Phone: (574)-631-5572 | Email