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Jochen Burgtorf, Dr. phil.

Professor of History


Professor Burgtorf’s work encompasses the crusades, military orders, papacy, refugees, law, England, Vikings, and world history. His publications include The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314) (Ashgate 2010, with Paul Crawford and Helen Nicholson); The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars (Brill, 2008); as well as articles in Ordines Militares, Fourteenth Century England, and Crusades Subsidia.

He is a recipient of the Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library); a collaborator of the “Pius-Stiftung”/Regesta Pontificum Romanorum (an international research project on papal documents); a past president of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society); a special-features collaborator for “Vikings” (History Channel); and a former chair of CSUF’s Department of History. He is the co-editor (with Nicholas Morton) of the book series “Military Religious Orders” (Routledge/Taylor and Francis), and a member of the international editorial boards of the journal Ordines Militares (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika) and the book series “Outremer: Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East” (Brepols).


2001, Dr. phil., Medieval History, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)

1994, M.A., Medieval History, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)

Research Areas

Crusades, military orders, papacy, refugees, law, England, Vikings, world history.

Courses Regularly Taught

HIST 406A History and Editing

HIST 420 The Byzantine Empire

HIST 423A Medieval History, 300-1350

HIST 490T Crusades and Latin East

HIST 551T Directed Readings Seminar in World and Comparative History

Grants & Special Projects

Current Research Projects:

Professor Burgtorf’s current book projects deal with (a) the history of refugees at the time of the crusades; (b) William of St. Stephen (fl. ca. 1300), a Hospitaller “lawyer;” and (c) (with Rudolf Hiestand) the regesta (summaries) of papal documents for Templars, Hospitallers, and the Latin dioceses in the crusader states.