Judith Benz, associate professor of German, came to Juniata in 2008 from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., where she was a visiting assistant professor.
She earned a bachelor's degree in 1997 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Before finishing her education at William and Mary, she studied German history and literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She went on to earn a master's degree from Yale University in 1999 and a doctoral degree in German literature from Yale University in 2007.
She started her academic career as an instructor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2007. She also taught extensively at Yale as a teaching assistant and served as chair of Yale's Summer Language Institute in 2004.
She has taught courses in German language, German literature of the Middle Ages, post-World War II German literature, Goethe, and King Arthur and the Holy Grail in literature. Her research interests focus on medieval German literature, particularly the 12th and 13th centuries, and courtly culture in Germany in the Middle Ages. She also is interested in medievalism in modern German literature.
She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the German Studies Association, the International Arthurian Society, the Modern Language Association, and the Wolfram von Eschenbach-Gesellschaft e.V.