John is an associate professor in the Department of History and Geography at Morgan State University, a Historically Black University in Baltimore, Maryland. His other university affiliations are the University of Delaware, where he earned his doctorate, and his alma mater Iowa State University. He is not an east-coaster by heart but rather a midwesterner, having lived most of his formative years in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He now lives in Pikesville, MD, with his wife, daughter, and pet beagle. His community outreach involves service roles at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and also Centurions: the History Roundtable, a group he founded for The Center Club in downtown Baltimore.
Upon graduating from UDel, John was hired in 2005 at Morgan State as an assistant professor. In 2007, he was appointed to the Honors Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, and in 2010 he received tenure and promotion. He is the only pre-modern historian in his department and therefore teaches all of the relevant classes in that period: The Ancient World, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and History of England I & II; he also offers a colloquium on the Crusades and has taught an independent study on the Punic Wars. In 2012/13, he has also been assigned to teach The American Military Experience and Historiography, the latter of which is required for all history majors. Counting honors sections of World History, he has taught twelve different courses at Morgan State.
John's research expertise is in the history of the European Middle Ages (500-1500 A.D.) and the periods adjacent to it (late Roman and Reformation Europe). In particular, he studies medieval military history as a subfield, concentrating on warfare in Anglo-Norman and Angevin England. In addition to his published essays, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews, he has published two monographs: Henry II: a Medieval Soldier at War, 1147-1189 (Brill Academic Press, 2007) and John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Brill, 2013).
A former instructor of speech communication, John is an expert public speaker (over 32 professional talks and invited lectures) and is available for events, consulting, and media inquiries/appearances in both the United States and abroad. Find him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.