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Jonathan Klauke, Ph.D.

History | Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in History (2014) – Central Michigan University
M.A. in History (2010) – Central Michigan University
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, minor in History (2004) – Northern Arizona University
Prior to coming to Waldorf University, Dr. Klauke developed and taught traditional and online courses in World, European, and US History, as well as Political Science at Mid-Michigan Community College. As a graduate student, Dr. Klauke spent a year in Scotland doing research and completing a master's degree at the University of Strathclyde. As an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University he led the development of a public outreach program for the Society of Physics Students to lead hands-on science lessons in elementary schools, and ran open viewing nights at the campus observatory with the Northern Arizona Astronomy Association. Prior to beginning graduate school Dr. Klauke worked as a mechanical engineer, lab manager, and an instructor.

Historical interests include Medieval Europe, and the history of science, warfare, technology, government, philosophy and religion from the ancient to the modern world. Current research interests focus on the composition and role of medieval astronomical knowledge, and how that knowledge was transmitted across cultural and geographical barriers in three mediums: literature, textbooks and instrument manuals within Medieval Europe, Tudor England and the ‘Abbasid Caliphate. This research examines the influence of identity, religion, philosophy, technology, craft traditions, linguistics, education and audience on the knowledge communicated, the pedagogical methods of communication, and its application to society.

Beyond history Dr. Klauke enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. Hobbies include hiking and camping, reading, woodworking, metalworking, making medieval armor, playing guitar, and playing sports, especially hockey. Dr. Klauke grew up outside San Francisco and is still an avid Sharks, Giants and 49ers fan. He has also lived in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan and Scotland and enjoys travelling.

Teaching Philosophy: I define history as the interpretation of past worldviews and the study of human nature. History brings together every other subject, shows how they are connected, and explains how and why we are here today. I help students see these connections to better understand why people do the things that they do, and guide their development of the knowledge and skills needed to find and succeed in their own path in history. My classes typically combine interactive lectures integrated with various forms of group work or activities. When possible I encourage students to physically interact with history by making my own medieval armor and early modern navigational instruments and using them in class. These methods motivate students to engage with the history they are learning and develop a personal connection to the past while teaching both how history is studied and why history turned out the way it did. I also use coordinated texts and assignments designed to guide student develo pment of practical skills. These skills include learning how to collect and analyze information for validity and relevance, using that information and analysis to form a logical argument, and effectively and persuasively conveying that argument in a professional manner.