Laura Wells Betz

Acting Director, Ph.D. in Literature Program


B.A., M.A. in English, University of Virginia
Ph.D. in English, University of Maryland

Laura Betz specializes in British Romantic literature and long eighteenth-century British literature, with additional interests in poetry and poetics and textual studies. She has taught a range of courses in British literature from the Restoration to the present, more general courses in poetry, and courses in composition and rhetoric. She has published articles on Romantic poetry in Studies in Romanticism and European Romantic Review. She taught at Loyola University Maryland before she began teaching in the English Department at Notre Dame in 2011.  She was Assistant Director of the Ph.D. in Literature program in Spring 2015.

Contact Information
Ph. 574-631-0481
Postal Address: 356 O’Shaughnessy, Department of English, Notre Dame, IN 46556


Professor W

W. Martin Bloomer

Professor, Department of Classics
Director, Ph.D. in Literature Program (on leave 2015-2016)

W. Martin Bloomer's chef areas of research lie in Roman literature, ancient rhetoric, and the history of education. His books include Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility (Chapel Hill 1993), Latinity and Literary Society at Rome (Philadelphia 1997), The Contest of Language (Notre Dame 2005) and The School of Rome (University of California Press, 2011