John Giebfried, PhD

John Giebfried, PhD

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Curriculum Vitae

    Academic Posts

    • University Assistant in History and Digital Humanities (March 2022- ) University of Vienna, Austria Assistant Professor of History (August 2019-December 2021), East Georgia State College, USA     >Lecturer in History (August 2017-May 2018) Georgia Southern University, USA Postdoctoral Research Fellow (February-December 2017) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Adjunct Professor of History (August 2013-December 2016) Saint Louis University, USA Adjunct Professor of Latin (August-December 2016) Webster University, USA


    • Doctor of Philosophy in History (2015)
      Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

      Major Field: Medieval History, Minor Field: Early Modern History
      Dissertation Title: “The Imagined Empire of Baldwin II, the Last Crusader Emperor of Constantinople (1217-1273)”
      Committee: Thomas Madden (chair), Warren Treadgold & Damian Smith

    • Master of Arts in Crusader Studies (2010)
      Royal Holloway College and Queen Mary College, University of London, UK

      MA Thesis Advisors: Jonathan Phillips & Jonathan Harris

    • Master of Arts in Medieval Studies (2009)
      University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Bachelor of Arts in History with a Subsidiary in Political Science (2008)
      St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Awards
    • Innovation in Teaching Award (2021)
      Awarded by East Georgia State College to the faculty member who has ‘demonstrated an Exceptional commitment to innovative and engaging pedagogy’, specifically for my work to bring role-immersion gaming and digital humanities to the classroom.
    • Brilliancy Prize in Reacting (2021)
      Modeled after the brilliancy prize in chess, the Brilliancy Prize for Reacting is presented to a particularly ingenious or creative idea or pedagogical practice that advances reacting games.
      Co-awarded with Dr. Kyle Lincoln for our work on Remaking of the Medieval World, 1204, especially our effort to create a game with more diverse historical voices and at a larger scale to make it accessible to larger classes. They also cited our work in including original game mechanics which increase how individual student actions impact the collective outcome of the game.
    • Faculty Development Award (2021)
      Awarded as the outstanding junior faculty member in the Statesboro campus Humanities And Social Science faculty
    • Chancellor’s Learning Scholars Fellowship (2020)
      Awarded by the University of Georgia system to two faculty members at each institution
      on the basis of their leadership and teaching expertise
      Scholars lead faculty learning communities which lead regular discussions between faculty on teaching and learning practices and techniques
    • Lone Medievalist Prize for Teaching (2019)
      Co-awarded with Dr. Kyle Lincoln for our work designing Reacting to the Past roleplaying games set in the Middle Ages, especially our work on the Fourth Crusade.
      Award Citation:

      The Lone Medievalist is an international project of the Humanities Commons designed to connect scholars who are the only medievalists at their institution



  • Research interests
    • History of the Crusades
    • History of the Mongol Empire
    • Byzantine History
    • Medieval Pilgrimage Narratives
    • The History of Jerusalem
    • Role Emersion Gaming in the Classroom



  • Remaking of the Medieval World, 1204 (with Dr. Kyle Lincoln)
    Published: University of North Carolina Press, May 2021
    Primary author of a student-led historical role-playing game based on the Fourth Crusade which is part of the Reacting to the Past series.The game has won multiple awards including the 2019 Lone Medievalist Award for Teaching and the 2021 Brilliancy Prize in Reacting
  • Grandsons of Genghis: The Mongol Qurultai of 1246 Student Gamebook and Instructor’s Manual
    Sole author of a student-led historical role-playing game based on the history of the Mongols which is part of the Reacting to the Past series.
    Manuscript was peer reviewed by the Editorial Board of the Reacting Consortium and approved for online publication to the consortium’s online library as a preparatory step for print publication.
  • Evian 1938: The First Solution Student Gamebook and Instructor’s Manual
    Sole author of a student-led historical role-playing game focused on Evian Conference of 1938, which focused on the global response to the problem of Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany.
  • A Crisis of Faith: Byzantine Iconoclasm and the Search of Holiness in the Medieval World, Student Gamebook and Instructor’s Manual (with Drs. Kyle Lincoln and Robert Olsen)
    Primary author of a student-led historical role-playing game based on the Fourth Crusade which is part of the Reacting to the Past series.

Article-Length Publications

  • 2020     “Diplomacy, Black Sea Trade and the Mission of Baldwin of Hainaut”
    Chapter in an edited volume on lesser-known figures who travelled the Silk Road under Mongol Rule entitled: Along the Mongol Silk Roads: Merchants, Generals, Intellectuals. Ed. Michal Biran, (University of California Press, 2020)
  • 2013      “The Crusader Rebranding of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount”
    Uses medieval pilgrimage narratives to explore the Crusader appropriation of Jewish and Islamic traditions in their understanding of the Temple Mount.
    44, pp. 77-94 (Autumn 2013)
  • 2013      “The Mongol Invasions and the Aegean World (1241–1261)”
    Reexamines the role of the Mongols in the restoration of Byzantium and provides new evidence for a Mongol invasion of the Latin Empire of Constantinople.
    The Mediterranean Historical Review
    28, pp. 129-139 (Dec. 2013)
    This article was chosen by the journal’s editors as one of 30 key articles published in the journal’s last 30 years and republished in a special online edition in 2016.

Teaching and Learning Publications

  • 2021    Show Don't Tell: Introducing Reacting to the Past through Faculty Learning Communities, for Chain Reactions – the official blog of the Reacting to the Past Consortium, Barnard College:

Book Reviews

  • 2021      Contra Latinos et Adversus Graecos: The Separation Between Rome and Constantinople from the Ninth to the Fifteenth Century Ed. Bucossi and Calia, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, June 2021
  • 2017      Bullarium Hellenicum, Pope Honorius III's Letters to Frankish Greece and Constantinople by W. O. Duba and C. Schabel, The Medieval Review, February 27, 2017
  • 2016      Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade by Elizabeth Lapina
    The Medieval Review
    , August 20, 2016
  • 2014      Crusade and Christendom, Annotated Documents in Translation from Innocent III to the Fall of Acre, 1187­1291 by Jessalynn Bird, Edward Peters, and James Powell
    Crit-Com, the Journal of the Council of European Studies,
    February 19, 2014