CSUF News Service
Historian Elected VP of National Honor Society Executive Board
Nine Students Present at Annual Phi Alpha Theta Convention
March 13, 2014
Jochen Burgtorf, professor of history, was installed as vice president of the Phi Alpha Theta executive board during the national history honor society's Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.
Burgtorf, a member of the campus community since 2001, serves as chair of the University's History Department as well as adviser of the Cal State Fullerton Theta-Pi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. He is co-editor of the 2010 book "Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314)" and author of "The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars: History, Organization and Personnel, 1099/1120-1310," volume 50 of the "History of Warfare," published in 2008. He is currently a collaborator of the "Regesta Pontificum Romanorum," an international research project on papal documents.
Nine history majors also presented papers at the January convention. Presenters were:
Nicole Arnold — "Discovery, Fear and Anxiety: Saint Boniface's Mission to Germany"
Timothy Barrett — "The Ghost of Imperialism: The Hutu and Tutsi Genocides and Conflicts From 1960 to 2002"
Jason Collar — "Zoroastrianism: Origins, Beliefs and Practices"
Matthew Hendricks — "Constructing the Other, Defining the Self: Descriptions of Indian in Herodotus' Histories and Ctesias' Indika"
Lindsay Huysentruyt — "Expanding Perspectives: Gender History and Broadening the Historical Understanding of Genocide"
Gregory Leighton — "Are Legends Lies? Roncesvalles Pass, the Song of Roland and the Myth-Making Process During the Middle Ages"
Eric Ortega — "Golden State of Brewing: The HIstory of American Bear and the Microbrewing Revolution in 20th-Century California"
Madison Pavia-Castro — "The Use of Propaganda in the Soviet Union During World War II: Exploiting the Soviety Woman in Order to Encourage and Emasculate Male Soldiers"
Matt Snider — "'A Higher Duty': Gouverneur Morris and the American War of Independence, 1775-1782"