Pete Burkholder

Associate Professor of History

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With 15th-century battle armor, Great Hall, FDU Wroxton Campus

Selected Courses Taught

  • Medieval Warfare
  • Medieval History & Film
  • Medieval Castles
  • Black Death
  • Medieval Church
  • Mediterranean History
  • Roman Republic & Empire
  • The Military Revolution

Research Interests

Prof. Burkholder's research interests include medieval French aristocrats, medieval warfare, and history & film. He's also a frequent presenter on history pedagogy.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., History of Science & Technology, University of Toronto
  • M.A., History, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Mathematics & French, University of Minnesota

Selected Publications

  • "Getting Medieval on American History Research: A Method to Help Students Think Historically," The History Teacher 43 (2010)
  • "Video Killed the Term Paper Star? Two Views" (with Dr. Anne Cross), in Randy Bass & Bret Eynon, eds., New Media Technologies and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (2009)
  • "Who Founded Durtal? Reconsidering the Evidence," Haskins Society Journal 20 (2008)
  • "Popular [Mis]conceptions of Medieval Warfare," History Compass 5 (2007)

Selected Presentations

  • "Bridging the Millennial Divide: Non-Traditional Techniques in the World History Classroom," Annual Meeting of the World History Association, London, England (June 2008)
  • "Medieval Military Technology and the Writing of History," Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (April 2007)
  • "Riding Roughshod: Hollywood’s Medieval Cavalry," Third Biennial Conference of Film & History, Dallas, TX (November 2004)
  • "Distance Collaboration and the Classroom Connector," The Eleventh International Literacy & Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Havana, Cuba (June 2004)
  • "Réflexions sur les origines de Durtal," Meeting of the Association Patrimoine Environnement Matheflon, Durtal, France (May 2004)
  • "Written Communication in A Small Community: A Case from Anjou," Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (April 2003)


  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2013)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: "Christians, Muslims & Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean," Barcelona, Spain (Summer 2010)
  • Becton College Teacher of the Year (2008-09)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin System (2004-05)

Phone: 973-443-8735
Email: burk0032 [at]
Office: Mansion 32

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