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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, was published in the fall of 2015 by Bloomsbury Academic Press in London (the second, significantly expanded edition was published in 2021). In 2020 he published Nazi Crimes and their Punishment (Hackett) and in 2021 his co-authored casebook Comparative Law: Global Legal Traditions (Carolina Academic Press) appeared in print.

Degrees Awarded

Ph D, The Ohio State University

MA, The Ohio State University

JD, Emory University

MTS, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

BA, The Ohio State University

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2021 for Nazi Crimes and their Punishment, 2021

  • Research and Publication Award, 2016

  • Book of the Year Award, 2014

  • Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, 2014

  • Visiting Scholar, Cornell University, 2010

  • Senior Specialist Grant, 2009

  • Silberman Followup Grant, 2008

  • Summer Research Stipend, 2006

  • TransCoop Grant, 2006

  • Eugene M. Kayden University Press of Colorado Book Award, 2005

  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2000

  • Dissertation Grant, 1999

  • Eugene Roseboom Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 1996

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