Robert Berkhofer

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Robert Berkhofer
Associate Professor of History
(269) 387-5352
4424 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5334
Mailing address: 
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
  • Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 1997
  • M.A., History, Harvard University, 1990
  • B.A., History, Cornell University, 1988
Research interests: 
  • Medieval France and England, 900-1200
  • Historical writing, forgery, lordship, law and society

Dr. Robert Berkhofer is an associate professor of medieval history at Western Michigan University.

Courses he teaches include:

Also included are topical research seminars (HIST 6820) such as Medieval Historians and Their Histories and Writing and Reckoning in Medieval Europe.

He advises graduate students in medieval history and medieval studies interested in the central Middle Ages in Northwestern Europe, power, literacy, and historical writing.

Berkhofer’s research emphasizes the transformations in writing and power, including record-keeping, notions of authenticity, legal ideas, and how literate practices changed rule and wealth, as well as their broad effects on society. He has often focused on archival documents of monastic scriptoria and princely chanceries, and how to evaluate them as evidence of mentality.

His books include:
Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. University of Pennsylvania Press.

The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1350. Co-edited with Adam Kosto and Alan Cooper. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. Ashgate now at Routledge.