Benjamin M. Schneider

Benjamin M. Schneider

Benjamin M. Schneider

20th Century U.S. History, U.S. and the World, Military History, War Crimes, The World Wars, Imperial Japan

Benjamin M. Schneider is a Presidential Scholar and a doctoral candidate in History at George Mason University. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and an M.A. from The George Washington University. His major field is 20th century U.S. history, with an emphasis on the U.S. and the world, with minor fields in European military history from 1500-1914, and Imperial Japan from 1854-1949. His research interests include American military history and foreign policy, war crimes, international and military law, and military psychology. He is currently working on a dissertation dealing with military justice and American war criminals in the European Theater of Operations during the Second World War.

Selected Publications

Review of Stephen A. Bourque, Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France, in The Strategy Bridge, June 2018.

Review of Kenneth D. Alford, American Crimes and the Liberation of Paris: Robbery, Rape and Murder by Renegade GIs, 1944-1947, in H-War, January 2018.

Review of Walter M. Hudson, Army Diplomacy: American Military Occupation and Foreign Policy after World War II, in H-War, March 2017.

Grants and Fellowships

Dissertation Year Fellowship, U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2017-2018. Presidential Scholar, George Mason University, 2013-2016.


M.A The George Washington University, 2010
B.A. University of Rochester, 2008

Recent Presentations

“I Didn’t Consider Them as Prisoners: Law, Culture, and the Refusal of Quarter in the U.S. Army during the Second World War.” Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Spring 2018.

“He Should Follow a Course of Obedience: American War Criminals and the Superior Orders Defense in the Second World War.” Triangle Institute for Security Studies New Faces Conference, Fall 2017.

“The Silent Dead: Military Justice and the Tambach Killings, 1945.” Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Spring 2016.