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; in 2022, he won the Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, Wright State's highest award for academic achievement. The Ohio Academy of History selected him as Distinguished Historian for 2020-21. In 2021, he was elected to membership in Det Kongelige Danske Selskab for Fædrelandets Historie (The Royal Society for Danish History) for his contributions to the study of Danish history.
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).
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
- Scandinavian History
- Military History
- Early Modern European History
- Religion and violence in Reformation Europe
- 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
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.
Det Kongelige Danske Selskab for Fædrelandets Historie
Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference
Society for Military History
Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, Wright State University, 2022
Elected member, Det Kongelige Danske Selskab for Fædrelandets Historie (The Royal Society for Danish History), 2021
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