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Burger, Michael

DepartmentCollege of Arts and Sciences
OfficeSchool of Liberal Arts Admin
Office HoursBy Appointment
Office LocationGoodwyn Hall 311
Phone334-244-3678 or 244-3382


Michael Burger is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History.  He has taught courses in ancient, medieval, and early-modern European history, women's history, and in religious studies., as well as the modern history of the West.  The author of Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England:  Reward and Punishment (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Shaping of the West (Broadview Press, 2008; second edition, University of Toronto Press, 2013), he has written various articles on medieval history.  He has also edited a primary source collection, Sources for the History of Western Civilization (Broadview Press, 2003; second edition, University of Toronto Press, 2015).  He holds the Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the B.A. from Michigan State University.  His chief claim to fame is having once lived in a former twelfth-century chapel that had been converted into a residence. 


EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D., History), 1986-91
University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A., History), 1984-6
Michigan State University, The Honors College (B.A., History, with high honors), 1980-4