Rowland M. Brucken

Rowland M. Brucken

  • Professor
  • Program Coordinator, History


Rowland M. Brucken earned a doctorate and Master of Arts from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster. He joined Norwich University’s faculty in 2001. His numerous courses include classes and seminars on U.S. history, historical methods, constitutional law, the civil rights movement, human rights issues, the history of racism, and the history of baseball.

His main areas of expertise cover American diplomatic history, 20th century American history, and world history, with specialties in the history of international human rights law and U.S. civil rights. His academic research focuses on three prime areas: the origins of international human rights law during and after World War II; how societies can recover from mass atrocities, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; and the history of baseball.

Brucken is an ultrarunner who competes in races up to 100 miles long; he has finished more than 60 marathons and more than 25 ultramarathons. He serves as Amnesty International USA’s Zimbabwe Country Specialist, which requires daily monitoring of the human rights environment, protecting human rights defenders, and testifying in asylum cases in the United States.

He is a certified mediator, who provides citizen-to-citizen mediation in Northfield, Vermont. A restorative justice advocate, he has served on the village’s reparative board for a dozen years. He serves as vice president of the board of Circle, formerly the Battered Women's Services of Washington County.