Pete Burkholder

Associate Professor of History

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Selected Courses Taught

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


  • 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

Research Interests

Prof. Burkholder's research interests include medieval French aristocrats, medieval warfare, and history & film. He also frequently publishes and presents on history pedagogy. Burkholder is the Founding Chair of the Faculty Teaching Development Program at the Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson.

Selected Publications

  • "X Marks the Plot: Crossbows in Medieval Film," Studies in Popular Culture 38/1 (Fall 2015)
  • "Why You Read Like an Expert -- And Why Your Students Probably Don't," Faculty Focus (November 2014) (link)
    • Top 5 article (out of 225) published in Faculty Focus in 2014 (link)
  • "A Content Means to a Critical Thinking End: Group Quizzing in History Surveys," The History Teacher 47/4 (2014) (link)
    • Winner of the American Historical Association's William & Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article on teaching history (link)
    • Named to Top 8 list of best pedagogical articles in any field for 2014 (link)
  • "Transcending Disciplinary Boundaries: Conversations about Student Research Projects," Faculty Focus (June 2014) (link)
  • "Getting Medieval on American History Research: A Method to Help Students Think Historically," The History Teacher 43/4 (2010) (link)
  • "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) (link to PDF)
  • "Who Founded Durtal? Reconsidering the Evidence," Haskins Society Journal 20 (2008)
  • "Popular [Mis]conceptions of Medieval Warfare," History Compass 5/2 (2007) (link)

Notable Achievements

  • American Historical Association's William & Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article on teaching history (2015) (link)
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2013) (link)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: "Christians, Muslims & Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean," Barcelona, Spain (Summer 2010)
  • Becton College Teacher of the Year (2009) (link)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin System (2004-05)

Pete Burkholder
Associate Professor of History
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Department of Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

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