Paul D. Lockhart, Ph.D.

Department:
History
Title:
Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 353, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Paul Douglas Lockhart is Professor of History at Wright State, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. at Purdue in 1989. At Purdue, Lockhart studied European military history with the renowned Napoleonic historian Gunther E. Rothenberg, and early modern European history with Charles W. Ingrao and Linda Levy Peck. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American-Scandinavian Foundation; his external appointments include a stint as Visiting Researcher/Visiting Lecturer (gæsteforsker/gæstelektor) at Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark, and as National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Distinguished Professor at SUNY/Potsdam College. Wright State awarded Lockhart the title of Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, a three-year position, in 2014-17; the Ohio Academy of History selected him as Distinguished Historian for 2020-21. 

Lockhart's research interests include the history of the Oldenburg dynastic state (Denmark, Norway, Scania, Iceland, Greenland, Schleswig-Holstein) at the time of the Protestant Reformation, plus the history of the art of war and of military technology, especially firearms. Among his seven single-author books are Frederik II and the Protestant Cause: Denmark's Role in the Wars of Religion (Brill, 2004), Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise and Decline of a Renaissance Monarchy (Oxford UP, 2007), and The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army (HarperCollins, 2008). His most recent book is Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare (Basic, 2021). 

 

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Education History

Ph.D., History, Purdue University, 1989

M.A., History, Purdue University, 1986

B.A. (Honors), History and Archaeology, summa cum laude, SUNY/Potsdam College, 1985

Teaching

Teaching fields

  • Scandinavian History
  • Military History
  • Early Modern European History
  • History of Monarchy
  • History of Military Technology

Representative courses taught

  • The Art of War in Europe, 1400-1800
  • Military Technology and the Art of War, 1750-1945
  • History of the Gun
  • Kings and Queens: Monarchy in Early Modern Europe
  • Warfare in America to 1865
  • Europe and the Wars of Religion, 1555-1609
  • The Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648
  • After the Vikings: Early Modern Scandinavia
  • History of Battle
  • The Great War
  • Living History

Publications

BOOKS

Paul Lockhart. Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. New York: Basic Books, 2021.

Paul Lockhart. The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

Paul Lockhart. The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army. New York: Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins, 2008.

Paul Douglas Lockhart. Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise and Decline of a Renaissance Monarchy. Oxford: Oxford University Press UK, 2007.

Paul Douglas Lockhart. Sweden in the Seventeenth Century. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2004.

Paul Douglas Lockhart. Frederik II and the Protestant Cause: Denmark's Role in the Wars of Religion, 1559-1596. Leiden: Brill, 2004.

Paul Douglas Lockhart. Denmark in the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648: King Christian IV and the Decline of the Oldenburg State. Selinsgrove, PA and Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1996. 

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference

Society for Military History

Awards/Recognition

Distinguished Historian, Ohio Academy of History, 2020

Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, Wright State University, 2014-17

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Research Award, Wright State University, 2014

Senior Fellow, CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts), Wright State University, 2013-15

Excellence in Teaching General Education Award, Wright State University, 2013

Faculty of the Year, HIstory Department, Wright State University, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Distinguished Professor, SUNY/Potsdam College, 2000

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 1996-97

Honors Teacher of the Year, Wright State University, 1994

Faculty of the Year, History Department, 1992

Ludwig Kruhe Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, 1988-89

Fellow, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1988

Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1986-89

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