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Devin Pendas

Pendas is Associate Professor of History at Boston College. His teaching interests include courses on German history, European legal history, the history of war and genocide, the history of war crimes trials, and the history of human rights. His research focuses on war crimes trials after World War II, particularly on West German Holocaust trials. He is currently working on two projects: a history of Nazi trials in German courts in all occupation zones from 1945 to 1950, to be published by Cambridge University Press; and a synthetic history of law and mass violence in the modern period.

At CES, Pendas is co-chair of the Contemporary Europe Study Group. He has received research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, Germany, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the American Council of Learned Societies (Burkhardt Fellowship).


  • Associate Professor of History, Boston College
  • Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University