Bernhardt, John W

Professor, History




Preferred: (408) 924-5521

Office Hours

T 1400-1300, R 09:30-10:30


  • MA and PhD, History, University of California-Los Angeles
  • BA, History, Wake Forest University


Professor Bernhardt teaches the History of Late Antiquity and the European Middle Ages. He has training in Roman History, Medieval Latin, Latin Paleography, Medieval Diplomatics, the Transmission of Classical Texts, and the Constitutional and Legal History of the Middle Ages. He specializes in Early and High Medieval Europe, especially the German Empire, and the history of the Medieval Church. In addition, he has begun to examine more closely topics in Anglo-Saxon England and Medieval Britain. He has written extensively on German Medieval Kingship and its relations with monasteries and the Church. Currently his research focuses on topics relating to King/Emperor Henry II of Germany and his era (1002-1024) in preparation of a second monograph. In addition, he recently has researched numerous aspects of the twelfth century, such as canon law, and theory and practice of imperial government, and ars dictaminis, as well as the historiography of specific twentieth-century medieval historians.