Dr. Jochen Burgtorf

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Jochen Burgtorf, Dr. phil.

Professor of History


Professor Burgtorf’s research and teaching in medieval history encompasses the crusades, military orders, papacy, refugees, law, England, Vikings, and the pre-modern world. His book publications include The Templars: The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of a Military Religious Order (Routledge 2021, with Shlomo Lotan and Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda); Von Hamburg nach Java: Studien zur mittelalterlichen, neuen und digitalen Geschichte [From Hamburg to Java: Studies in Medieval, Modern, and Digital History] (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020, with Christian Hoffarth and Sebastian Kubon); The Templars, the Hospitallers, and the Crusades (Routledge, 2020, with Helen Nicholson); 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: History, Organization, and Personnel (1099/1120-1310) (Brill, 2008); and International Mobility in the Military Orders (Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries) (University of Wales Press/University of Alabama Press, 2006, with Helen Nicholson); as well as articles in Ordines Militares, Fourteenth Century England, Crusades Subsidia, and other publications.

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 national president and lifetime dean of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society); a special-features collaborator for Vikings (seasons 1-3, History Channel); a former chair of CSUF’s Department of History; and a Distinguished Faculty Member of CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Burgtorf is the co-editor (with Nicholas Morton) of the book series “Military Religious Orders” (Routledge/Taylor and Francis); and he is a member of the international editorial boards of the journal Ordines Militares (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika), as well as 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.