Curriculum Vitae

A brief version of Roche’s Curriculum Vitae appears below and is also available as a pdf file. The full version of Roche’s CV is available here. A narrative version in German is available here.

Present Position

Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.


Princeton University
Ph.D. 1984; M.A. 1982

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
M.A. 1980

Williams College
B.A., magna cum laude, 1978


Beautiful Ugliness: Christianity, Modernity, and the Arts. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2023. xvii + 499 pp. 

Alfred Hitchcock: Filmmaker and Philosopher. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2022. xii + 191 pp.

Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. viii + 275 pp. Reprinted in 2018.

Was die deutschen von den amerikanischen Universitäten lernen können und was sie vermeiden sollten. Hamburg: Meiner, 2014. 297 pp.

Why Chose the Liberal Arts?. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. 198 pp. Reprinted in 2012 and released in Kindle, Nook, and e-book format in 2014. Chinese translation forthcoming in 2020. Received the Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2012.

Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004. xii + 308 pp. Paperback version published in 2014. Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine, 2005.

The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. x + 51 pp. Foreword by Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.Reprinted in 2008 and 2013.

Die Moral der Kunst: Über Literatur und Ethik. Münich: Beck, 2002. 224 pp.

Tragedy and Comedy: A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. xvi + 450 pp.

Gottfried Benn’s Static Poetry: Aesthetic and Intellectual-Historical Interpretations. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1991. xi + 121 pp. E-book forthcoming.

Dynamic Stillness: Philosophical Conceptions of Ruhe in Schiller, Hölderlin, Büchner, and Heine. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1987. xi + 292 pp.


More than 60 articles on literature (Lessing, Hölderlin, Büchner, Wilde, Schnitzler, Heinrich Mann, Benn, Kafka, Broch, Thomas Mann, and Brecht); philosophy (Plato, Vico, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Karl-Otto Apel as well as the philosophy of tragedy and comedy); film (Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood); and higher education (literature pedagogy, teaching intellectual virtues, chairing foreign language departments, preparing graduate students for the profession, the flourishing of language and literature departments, academic vocation, German and American universities, and Catholic higher education).

Other Scholarly Activity

Several op-eds in publications such as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; more than 30 reviews of books in German literature, philosophy, literary theory, and higher education; more than 125 lectures and conference papers on topics in German literature, comparative literature, philosophy, film, literary theory, and higher education.

Selected Courses

Great Works from Homer to Dante; Great Works from Machiavelli to Benedict; Faith, Doubt, and Reason; Philosophy and Film; The Idea of God’s Dependence on Humanity in German Literature and Thought; German Intellectual History from Kant to the Present; Tragedy and the Philosophy of Tragedy; Comedy, Jokes, and Satire in the German-Speaking World; Weimar and the Third Reich in German Literature and Film.

Selected Honors

Grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the German Academic Exchange Service; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Whiting Foundation; the Max Kade Foundation; and the Fulbright Commission; Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Selected Administrative Experience

University of Notre Dame: Dean, College of Arts and Letters, 1997–2008; Chairperson of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, 1996–97.

The Ohio State University: Chairperson of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 1991–996.

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