Judith Benz

Teaching Professor of German
Faculty Fellow at the Medieval Institute, Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Teaching Professor of German
104 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Office Hours
Zoom office hours - Th & F 9:30-10:30 & by appointment, via Google Calendar



Ph.D., Yale University

M.Phil., Yale University

B.A., The College of William & Mary

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Courtly culture and literature of the High Middle Ages
  • Contemporary Arthuriana
  • Medievalism Studies
  • Medievalism in contemporary German literature


Benz is a medievalist who is interested in medievalism studies and examines how contemporary German-speaking authors have reimagined, and continue to reimagine, the Arthurian legend. This interest grew out of her dissertation project, an examination of King Arthur in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival and Adolf Muschg’s Der Rote Ritter: Eine Geschichte von Parzival. Before coming to Notre Dame, she directed the German program at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, for 12 years. Benz has done extensive professional-development work to hone her teaching skills.

Representative Publications and Accomplishments

Roney, Deborah W., Judith G. Benz, and Amy Frazier-Yoder. “K-16 Educational Collaborations Expand the World for Students.” (The Language Educator, Oct./Nov. 2018.)

Benz is a member of the AATG’s National German Exam Development Committee.