Dr Claire Moon

Dr Claire Moon

Associate Professor in Sociology

Department of Sociology

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Key Expertise
Politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge, science and death.

About me

Claire Moon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, a member of LSE Human Rights, and an associate of the Latin America and Caribbean Centre, LSE. She has degrees in Literature, International Relations, and Politics. Her research spans the sociologies of politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge, science and death, and is best characterised as theoretically-driven empirical research. Drawing on atrocities and their redress as an empirical backdrop, her research has engaged with broad topics such as the nation, justice, and human rights. Specific topics she has written on include transitional justice, post-conflict reconciliation, reparations, war trauma, human rights, humanitarianism and science (forensics). She is the author of Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently working on a book manuscript on the history, politics and ethics of forensic exhumations of mass graves.

Claire currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for her project Human Rights, Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave (2018 - 2021). The project investigates the history of forensic humanitarianism, mass graves in the context of Mexico’s current war against organised crime, and the question of whether the dead have human rights.

Claire serves on the international advisory board of a citizen-led forensics organisation of families of ‘the disappeared’ in Mexico. She sat on the Advisory Board of the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights from 2004 - 2014 and on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Sociology. She is the winner of four LSE Teaching Prizes.

Selected publications


Moon, Claire (2008) Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Maryland: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield)


Special Editions

Heidensohn, Frances, Claire Moon, Gillian Stevenson, Fran Tonkiss and Richard Wright (eds.) (2010) Special 60th Anniversary Issue of British Journal of Sociology, ‘The BJS: shaping sociology over 60 years’, 61:s1.

Articles and Chapters

2019 (forthcoming). ‘Last rights’ in Roberto C. Parra, Sara C. Zapico and Douglas H. Ubelaker (eds.), Humanitarian forensic Science: Interacting with the Dead and the Living. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

2018 (forthcoming). ‘What we talk about when we talk about transitional justice. And what we don’t’ in Alexander Laban Hinton, Lawrence Douglas and Jens Meierhenrich (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018 (forthcoming). What remains? Human rights after death’ in Kirsty Squires, David Errickson and Nicholas Mάrquez-Grant (eds.) Ethical Challenges in the Analysis of Human Remains. New York: Springer.

2017. ‘The biohistory of atrocity, or the social life of human remains’ in Christopher M. Stojanowski and William N. Duncan (eds.) Studies in Forensic Biohistory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

2016. ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the human rights of the dead’, International Social Science Journal, 65/215-216: 49-63.

2013. ‘Interpreters of the dead: Forensic knowledge, human remains and the politics of the past’, Social and Legal Studies, 22/2: 149-169.

2013. ‘Looking without seeing, listening without hearing: Cohen, denial and human rights’, Crime, Media and Culture, 9/2: 193-196.

2013. ‘Money as the measure of man: Values and value in reconciliation’ in Malcolm Cowburn, Paul Senior, Anne Robinson, Marian Duggan (eds.), Values in Criminology and Community Justice (Bristol: Policy Press): 255-272.

2012. ‘“What one sees and how one files seeing”: reporting atrocity and suffering’, Sociology, 46/5: 876-890.

2012. ‘“Who’ll pay reparations on my soul?” Compensation, social control and social suffering’, Social and Legal Studies, 21/2: 187-199. 

2011. ‘The crime of crimes and the crime of criminology: genocide, criminology and Darfur, British Journal of Sociology, 62/1: 49-55.

2010. ‘The British Journal of Sociology in the 1990s: discontent and disarray?’, in Frances Heidensohn, Claire Moon, Gillian Stevenson, Fran Tonkiss and Richard Wright (eds.), British Journal of Sociology, Special 60th Anniversary Issue, 61/s1: 261-269.

2010. ‘Narrar la reconciliación política: verdad y reconciliación en Sudáfrica, in Cecilia Macón and Laura Cucchi (eds.) Mapas De La Transición: La política después del terror en Alemania, Chile, España, Guatemala, Sudáfrica y Uruguay (Buenos Aires: Ladosur): 61-85.

2009. ‘Healing past violence: traumatic assumptions and therapeutic interventions in war and reconciliation’, Journal of Human Rights, 8/1: 71-91.

2009. ‘Transitional amnesty, justice and reconciliation’, Social and Legal Studies, 18/4: 561-564.

2008. ‘Amnesty’ in Peter Cane and Joanne Conaghan (eds), New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 30.

2007. ‘States of acknowledgement: the politics of memory, apology and therapy’ in David Downes, Paul Rock, Christine Chinkin and Conor Gearty (eds.), Crime, Social Control and Human Rights: from moral panics to states of denial. Essays in honour of Stan Cohen (Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing): 314-329.

2006. ‘Narrating political reconciliation: truth and reconciliation in South Africa, Social and Legal Studies, 15/2: 257-275.

2006. ‘Reconciliation as therapy and compensation: a critical analysis’, in Scott Veitch and Emilios Christodoulidis (eds.) Law, Time and Reconciliation (London: Ashgate): 163-184.

2004. ‘Prelapsarian state: forgiveness and reconciliation in transitional justice’, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 17/2: pp 185-197.

2002. ‘From separation to interpenetration: a bi-national state in Palestine/Israel? A response to Eyal Weizman’, openDemocracy, July 9.