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)
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.