Denise M. Della Rossa

Teaching Professor of German
Faculty Fellow of Nanovic Institute of European Studies

Teaching Professor of German
114 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Office Hours
T 3:30-5:00; W 11:00-12:30; via Google Calendar



Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

M.A. University of Mississippi

B.A. Montana State University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 18th- and 19th-Century Women's Writing
  • Memorials and Memorialization
  • German Language and Culture


Prof. Della Rossa’s teaching interests include all levels of German language and culture as well as courses in English, such as a course on the European fairy tale tradition that includes modern adaptations and a course on memory and memorialization which she teaches in the Summer Berlin Program. As co-director of the International Economics major she teaches the Senior Research Project seminar and has recently begun teaching an intermediate-level language course on German economics and politics. Prof. Della Rossa’s primary service obligation to the department is as Director of Undergraduate Studies which allows her to get to know our students on a personal level and work with them throughout their undergraduate studies and cheer them on as they begin their careers. In 2015 she received the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Prof. Della Rossa is currently the Treasurer for the Coalition of Women in German.

Representative Publications and Accomplishments

"'Weibliche Irrsterne': Louise Otto and the Notion of Female Genius in 19th-Century Germany" in Writing the Self, Creating Community. German Women Authors and the Literary Sphere. 1750-1850. 2020

"'Der Vorleser and Bernhard Schlink in the Undergraduate Classroom in Colloquia Germanica, Vol. 48, No. 1/2. 2017

"Mathilde Franziska Anneke's Anti-Slavery Novella 'Uhland in Texas'" in Sophie Discovers Amerika. German-Speaking Women Write the New World. 2014