History and
Social Sciences

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Bryant, Michael

Michael Scott Bryant

Professor, History and Social Sciences
Faculty Suite C, Room 234

Michael S. Bryant is a Professor of History and Legal Studies specializing in the impact of the Holocaust on the law, human rights, German criminal law, and international humanitarian law. Professor Bryant has worked in the United States and abroad in Holocaust research and education. He received a B.A. from The Ohio State University, a J.D. from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from The Ohio State University, and has taught for The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, Bryant University, Creighton University Law School, and the National Judicial College in the areas of history, criminal justice, law, and human rights. He also served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force (1990-94). Professor Bryant is the author of Confronting the "Good Death": Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, 1945-53 (University Press of Colorado, 2005) and numerous articles on the postwar adjudication of Nazi-era crimes. He has served as a member of the Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program and is currently a member of the Board of Editors for Human Rights Review. Additionally, he has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the German Exchange Service (DAAD), the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Professor Bryant’s study of the major West German "Operation Reinhard" death camp investigations and trials of the 1960’s was published in 2014 by the University of Tennessee Press, winning the Book of the Year Award from the American National Chapter, Association Internationale de Droit Penal. His third book, A World History of War Crimes, will be published in the fall of 2015 by Bloomsbury Academic Press in London.

History of the Holocaust; history of international humanitarian law; world history of war crimes; world history of law; anthropology of law; ethics

History of Law, Ethics, World History, International Humanitarian Law, Critical Theory, Human Rights, German History, Law and Society, Modern European History, History of the Holocaust

  • Austrian Research Center for Post-War Trials Advisory Board
  • Board of Editors, Human Rights Review
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Member, Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Specialist Program
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The American Historical Association
  • The American Society of Nationalities
  • Austrian Research Center for Post-War Trials
  • New England Regional World History Association
  • International Association of Criminal Law
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Organizing Committee, “Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials (1945-2015)”
  • 2016, Research and Publication Award
  • 2014, Book of the Year Award
  • 2014, Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year
  • 2010, Visiting Scholar, Cornell University
  • 2009, Senior Specialist Grant
  • 2008, Silberman Followup Grant
  • 2006, Summer Research Stipend
  • 2006, TransCoop Grant
  • 2005, Eugene M. Kayden University Press of Colorado Book Award
  • 2000, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1999, Dissertation Grant
  • 1996, Eugene Roseboom Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Bryant, M., “American Military Justice from the Revolution to the UCMJ: The Hard Journey from Command Authority to Due Process”, Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal .

Bryant, M., “Eichmann in Jerusalem—and in West Germany: Eichmann Trial Witnesses and the West German Prosecution of Operation Reinhard Crimes, 1958-1966”, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review.

Bryant, M., Review of John Cox, To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century, World History Connected, 2017.

Bryant, M., “German Courts in the Maelstrom of Criminal Guilt: the Career of Functional Liability in Nazi death camp trials, 1963-2016”, 2017.

Bryant, M., “The Death Camp as a Criminal Organization. Theories of Systemic Criminality in Nazi Death Camp Trials, 2017.

Bryant, M., A World History of War Crimes: From Antiquity to the Present, 2015.

Bryant, M., A World History of War Crimes: the Law of War from Antiquity to the 21st Century, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Bryant, M., Eyewitness to Genocide, University of Tennessee Press, 2014.

Bryant, M., International Criminal Court, Sage, 2013.

Bryant, M., The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, Sage, 2013.

Bryant, M., Torture, ABC Clio, 2013.