Ben Schneider, an alum of the department’s History Ph.D. program, has just received a tenure-track job in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Dr. Schneider received his PhD in 2019. His dissertation, No Law Except the Sword: American War Criminals and the Failure of Military Justice, 1942-1945, examines the trials of U.S. troops tried for close order killings of Axis prisoners and civilians in the European Theater of Operations during the Second World War. He argues that these crimes were both substantially more common than previously supposed, and that while the army was aware of the problem it did not pursue or punish these crimes as the law demanded. His research has been supported by the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, and appeared in the Journal of Contemporary History. After receiving his Ph.D., he won a post-doctoral fellowship in the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College.
CGSC is a graduate school for mid-career military officers and is designed to prepare them for positions of increased responsibility in their service. The Department of Military History’s faculty in military history is larger than that of any university in the world. It seeks to teach military officers to use history and critical analysis to apply historical information to contemporary problems, and to allow them to better confront enduring problems in warfare.
May 18, 2021