Curriculum Vitae

Daniel P. Franke, PhD



PhD, Medieval History, University of Rochester, 2014

MA, History, University of Rochester, 2008

BA magna cum laude, History, Rice University, 2005.

AA summa cum laude, History, Lower Columbia College, 2003.

Research Interests: Medieval and Early Modern Military, Social, and Cultural History, particularly England and Germany; Crusades; Reception, Interpretation, and Transformations of Warfare; Religious and military iconography; Network and Geo-Spatial Analysis.


2012 – 2015      Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point.

2009 – 2010      Instructor, Dean’s Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship, University of Rochester.


2014                 Selected participant, NEH Workshop on Digital Methods for Military History

2014                 U. S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, USMA.

2014                 Finalist for the Thayer Teaching Award, Department of History, USMA.

2010                 Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America.

2010                 West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, Fellowship.

2009 – 2010    Dean’s Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship, University of Rochester.

2007                 William F. Harkins Jr. Prize, History Department, University of Rochester.

2007                 Egon Berlin Prize, History Department, University of Rochester.

2006                 Wilson Coates Book Award, History Department, University of Rochester.

2005 – 2009      Robert and Mary Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester.

2005                 Charles Garside Jr. Prize, History Department Rice University.

2005                 Clifford Lefton Lawrence Award, History Department, Rice University.


Volumes and Monographs

East Anglia at War: the Ufford Earls of Suffolk and the Transformation of England, 1298-1382. Under discussion with Boydell Press. Target publication date 2019.

Frederick Barbarossa as Military Commander: War, Chivalry and Empire in Medieval Europe. Contract under negotiation, 2017.

Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society: Studies in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper. Edited by Daniel P. Franke and Craig M. Nakashian. Under contract with Brill. Due in print, 2016.


“Recognizing Revolution: Edward III, the Chroniclers, and the Roots of English Victory, 1345-1346.” In progress. Will be submitted to War and Society, October 2015.

“Crusade, Empire, and the Muslim ‘Other’ in German Chronicles, 1189-1198.” In progress. Will be submitted to Reading Medieval Studies, March 2015.

“Prowess and Privilege: Robert Ufford, Earl of Suffolk, and the Reality of Chivalry in 14th-Century England.” In Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society: Studies in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper (as above).

“Crusade, Empire, and the Process of War in Staufen Germany, 1180-1220.” In The Crusader World, edited by Adrian Boas. London: Routledge, 2015. Forthcoming.

“The Capture of Tifford.” In The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook. Edited by Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015, forthcoming.

“Brave, Strong, and Valiant: Military Recruitment and Service in Medieval England.” For History Compass, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Forthcoming.

“The Crusades and Medieval Anti-Judaism: Cause or Consequence?” In Seven Myths of the Crusades, ed. Alfred Andrea and Andrew Holt. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing, 2015. Forthcoming.

“War, Crisis, and East Anglia, 1334-1340: Towards a Reassessment.”  In The Hundred Years War III, edited by Donald Kagay and L. J. Andrew Villalon. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology.  Edited by Clifford J. Rogers. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.  Contributed the following articles: “Battle of Sarmin, 1115”; “Crusades: Narrative (1180-1245)”; “Crusades: Settlement”; “France: Historiography (1328-1483)”; “Germany: Historiography (911-1024)”; “Germany: Narrative (911-1024)”;  “Germany: Sources (911-1024)”;  “Henry I, King of the East Franks.”

“Chivalry.”  In Encyclopedia of Political Theory, three volumes, edited by Mark Bevir. SAGE Publications, 2010.

“Chivalry: An Annotated Bibliography for Teachers.”  The Once and Future Classroom, vol. 6, issue 1.  The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS), ed. Christine Neufeld.

Chivalry: The Knight and the Knightly Ethos.  Exhibit and pamphlet for the Robbins Library, University of Rochester, 2008.

Reviews, Selected

Gianluca Raccagni’s The Lombard League 1167-1225 (The British Academy/Oxford, 2010), for De Re Militari. Forthcoming.

Craig Taylor’s Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France during the Hundred Years War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), for the Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes. Forthcoming.

Peter Hoskins’s In the Footsteps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356. (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011), in The Journal of Military History, Vol. 75, no. 4 (October 2011), 1278-79.

Michael Prestwich’s Knight: The Medieval Warrior’s (Unofficial) Guide.  (London: Thames and Hundson, 2010), for De Re Militari, September 2010.

J. A. Villalon and D. Kagay’s The Hundred Years War (Part II) (Brill, 2008), for De Re Militari, September 2010.


Select Papers Presented

“Crafting the Perfect Army: Innovation and the Assizes of Arms in Plantagenet England.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2015.

“Why We Fight: Recreating the English Strategic Narrative during the later Hundred Years War.” The Eighty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society of Military History, Montgomery, Alabama, April 2015.

“A Medieval German ‘Way of War’?: The Case of Frederick Barbarossa.” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom, July 2014.

“Cause and Consequence in the Medieval Infantry Revolution: Rethinking English Military Recruitment, 1314-1360.” The International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2014.

“Recognizing Revolution: Edward III, the Chroniclers, and the Roots of English Victory, 1345-1346.” The 2013 Military History Graduate Student Conference at The Ohio State University.

“The Road East: Crusade and Imperium in Staufer Germany, 1170-1200.”  International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2012.

“Defining Chivalry and the Nation: Guy of Warwick, the Smithfield Decretals, and the Hundred Years War.” Think Romance: the 32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, March 31-April 1, 2012.

“‘That Bloody Strain’: (Re)Fashioning the Plantagenet Past in Edward III.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, March 2012.

“Frederick Barbarossa as Military Commander: A Re-Evaluation.”  De Re Militari, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom, July 2011.

“England and the Crusade in the ‘Long’ Fourteenth Century: Lay Response and Impact.”  Paper for The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Conference, London, July 2011.

“East Anglia and the Chivalric Memorialization of the Hundred Years’ War.”  Society of the White Hart, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2011.

“Feeding the Fight: A Comparative Approach to East Anglian Participation in Late Plantagenet Warfare.”  International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2010.

“Military Service and Special Commissions in fourteenth-century Norfolk.”  Law, Justice and Governance: New Views on Medieval Constitutionalism, University of Rochester, April 2009.

“‘Neve malum pro malo redderet’: Engaging the Turks in German Chronicles of the Third Crusade.” Global Encounters: Legacies of Exchange and Conflict (1000-1700), UNC Chapel Hill, November 2008.

“Papal Diplomacy and the Third Crusade: A Setback for Papal Power?”  Seventh Quadrennial Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Avignon, France, August 2008.

“The Politics of the Imperial Coronation, 1155 – 1220.”  International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 2008.

“The Medium and the Message: the Aftermath of the Besançon Incident of 1157.” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2007.

“Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival and the Courtly Ethic.” Fourth Annual Conference for Medieval Studies, Purdue, Indiana, February 2006.

Organizer, Chair, or Participant

Organizer, “A Soldier for All Seasons: Remaking War and Warriors in Medieval and Modern Britain.” Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Montgomery, Alabama, April, 2015.

Presenter/facilitator, “Civil War Pedagogy,” West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, June 2014.

Moderator, “Studies in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper II: Society and Public Order,” sponsored by the University of Rochester, at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2014.

Moderator, “Germany and the Crusading Movement,” Crusades Studies Forum, St. Louis University, at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2012.

Participant, “Surviving the Academic Interview: A Round Table Discussion.”  Graduate Student Committee, Medieval Academy of America, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, United Kingdom, July 2011.

Assistant organizer, “Failures, Losers, and Tragic Downfalls”: The Second Annual Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester, February 26, 2011.

Organizer, “Dissent and History”: The First Annual Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester, March 26-27, 2010.

Moderator, “Luther and Sixteenth-Century Protestantism: Power, Position, and Greed.”  Thirty-second Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2008.


High Proficiency:           German, Latin, Middle English

Reading Proficiency:      French, Middle High German, Old French

Basic Proficiency:           Italian

Paleography:                   English Court Hands, Gothic scripts, Papal and Imperial scripts


Main Teaching Competency:   History of the Middle Ages, England, Germany, Crusades; Military

History; Western Civilization, World Civilization surveys.

Secondary Teaching Competency: Religious experience; Early Modern Europe; Modern Europe, the World Wars, modern Germany and Holocaust surveys.

Courses Taught

United States Military Academy, 2012-present

HI301 History of the Military Art 1900 – Present

HI302 History of the Military Art Antiquity – 1900

HI361 Medieval Europe

HI370 Ancient and Medieval Warfare

University of Rochester, 2007-2010

HIST 100  Ancient World (taught as World History 1).

HIST 101 Early Europe (taught as Western Civilization 1).

HIST 102 The West and World Since 1492.  Co-taught with Celia Applegate

HIST 281 The Hundred Years War, 1337-1453

HIST 391  Independent Study, Topics in Medieval History

WRT 105 Medieval Holy War: The Crusades, 1095-1453

WRT 105 The German Army in World War II: Campaigns, Crimes, and Cultural Memory

Teaching/Research Assistant, 2006-2008:

HIST 100  Medieval Europe, Fall 2006.  Richard Kaeuper

HIST 226  Hitler’s Germany, Spring 2006.  Celia Applegate

HIST 206  Holocaust, Spring 2007.  Celia Applegate

HIST 281  British History to 1485, Spring 2008.  Richard Kaeuper

Research Assistant to Richard Kaeuper, Holy Warriors (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2009).

Eastman School of Music, 2007-2011

FWS 121 Medieval Holy War: The Crusades: 1095-1453

FWS 121 Famous Medieval Leaders: Saladin, Wallace, and Joan of Arc

FWS 121 Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt

State University of New York, College of Geneseo, 2008

INTD105 War Crimes and World War II.


Websites         The Winds of War. Blog. Owner

The Central Node. Contributor

2012-2015       West Point History of Warfare, iPad textbook: Pilot course tester and evaluator, 2013.

HI301. Course director, and assistant course director, Responsible for curriculum development and testing for the West Point History of Warfare.

HI361, Medieval Europe. Course director, new class, 2013, revised 2015.

HI370, Ancient and Medieval Warfare. Course director, new class, 2014.

Digital: “War and English Society: A Social Network Analysis,” in progress 2015.

Digital: “Travel and Networks in the Medieval World,” research for HI361, in progress Spring 2015.

2006 – 2008    The Camelot Project, University of Rochester: Contributor and editor, 2006-2008


2014-present  Member, editorial board, Journal of Medieval Military History

2012-2015       United States Military Academy:

~Network Science Center, Research Fellow, AY2014-15.

 ~The Central Node blog, contributor.

 ~High school outreach, project assistant.

 ~Academic Research Council, Institute for Innovation and Development,  Office of the Dean: Department representative.

~Assistant faculty adviser to the Wargames Club.    

~Honors thesis committees.

~History Department “Night at the Movies” for Kingdom of Heaven, panelist.

~Field Trip, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015.

2009-2012       University of Rochester:

~Graduate History Society, founding member and organizer.

~ Graduate History Conference, founder and organizer.

~Graduate member and adviser to the Medieval Society.

~Academic advising, AY2009-10.

2007 – 2011    Eastman School of Music:

~Course Evaluation Committee, reviewing and revising assessment      methods for FWS121.

One thought on “Curriculum Vitae”

  1. I am glad to see you are a human being, Daniel.

    But I am always amazed, and a tad envious, at how much better prepared you youngsters are than I was.

    Personally, while I have nothing against Bach, I am a Mozart-Wagner man, much like Morse.

    BTW, my paper at next fall’s SCSC in the Big Easy will be on Luther.

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