Dr. Richard R. Heiser

rrhProfessor of History
Office location: Neville Hall 109
Office phone: 864-833-8360
Office email: rrheiser@presby.edu

Research field: 12th-century England

Teaching fields: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern Europe

While I have been teaching college students since 1988, my history with Presbyterian College began in 1999, having taught in New York for a number of years.

My academic career started when I completed a B.A. at Nyack College, a private Christian liberal arts college. During the four years of my undergraduate study, I had been inspired by faculty who modeled excellent instruction in history and genuine interest in their students. It became a career goal to follow in their footsteps. So, from Nyack College, I attended Florida State University where I took both graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in medieval European history. My doctoral dissertation concerned the lower government officials of the reign of Richard I Lionheart, the crusader king of England who died in 1199. From that research I have published a few articles and in 2000 co-authored with my former professor, Dr. Ralph V. Turner, a book entitled The Reign of Richard Lionheart.

Over the course of my career as a professor, I have taught many different courses, but the fields where I have been asked to do most of my teaching cover western history from its beginnings to about 1700 A.D. What follows is a list of the courses that I have taught at PC:

  • Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians
  • Medieval England and France
  • Tudor and Stuart England
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • History of Scotland
  • Medieval Warfare
  • Senior Seminar (Topics I have taught include the Crusades, Inquisition, Rome, the Byzantines, the Stuart Dynasty of England, and the Tudor Dynasty of England)

My wife and I have four children who are either college students or beyond. We love living in the upstate of South Carolina, especially enjoying camping, hiking to waterfalls, and gardening.