Michael Bobelian is an author, lawyer, and journalist whose work has covered issues ranging from legal affairs to corporate wrongdoing to human rights.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan’s Business and Law Schools, Michael worked at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed before earning a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
As a legal affairs contributor at Forbes.com, Michael currently covers a variety of legal topics, including the Supreme Court, Wall Street reform, regulatory agencies, and high-profile lawsuits. He has also written for Legal Affairs Magazine, the Washington Monthly, and the New York Law Journal, where he worked as staff reporter. Michael’s media appearances include C-Span’s BookTV, NPR’s “Word of Mouth,” and NPR’s “Leonard Lopate Show.”
He is a recipient of a grant from The Nation Institute Investigative Fund and a contributor to the December 2006 issue of American Lawyer, which won a Neal Award for the best single issue of a magazine. In 2013, the Columbia Journalism School selected Michael’s feature story, “Vartkes’s List,” as one of the school’s “100 Great Stories” in celebration of its centennial.
Michael is also the author of Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.
Praise for Children of Armenia
Michael Bobelian has done a real service both in re-evoking the genocide and chronicling this long, sorry history of denial — Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold’s Ghost, and National Book Award Finalist
A powerfully moving account — Washington Times
A powerful and provocative work — Dr. Michael Berenbaum, former project director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Bobelian has made a significant contribution…. The book is captivating — Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian, Professor of History at UCLA
This fall brought Michael Bobelian’s resourcefully reported Children of Armenia — Carlin Romano, Pulitzer Prize Finalist (From The Chronicle of Higher Education)
This powerful and gripping account of a people’s century-long struggle for justice is long overdue — George Deukmejian, 35th Governor of California
I heartily recommend this book — Ambassador John M. Evans
Passionate,… important but frustrating revelation of an egregious wrong still not acknowledged, let alone righted — Kirkus
So this passionate re-examination is timely, necessary, and an important reminder of the savagery that can accompany ethnic hatreds — Booklist
I love the book — John Rothmann, KGO 810 AM in San Francisco
Bobelian adds a first-rate analytical narrative of the aftermath of the genocide. This account is a crucial contribution. No comparable text exists. Indispensable — Dr. Khachig Tölölyan, Professor of English Literature at Wesleyan University
Children of Armenia… is clearly an act of self-discovery and a labour of love — Survival: Global Politics & Strategy
Bobelian offers a remarkably even-handed account… Bobelian’s book stands as a fine documentation of the genocide recognition movement… and offers insight into… its significance today — Journal of Peace Research
The scholarship is impeccable, the style accessible, the objectivity unimpeachable…. The result is a detached, cool, and thorough account that reads at times like a thriller — Ararat Magazine