Dr Claire Moon

Claire Moon is Associate Professor in the Sociology of Human Rights in the Department of Sociology and the Human Rights Centre. She holds degrees in Literature, International Relations, and Politics. Prior to joining the LSE in 2004, she taught International Relations at the University of Kent and at the London Centre for International Relations. Her research and teaching are framed by a socio-legal perspective and address topics such as transitional justice, truth commissions (South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in particular), post-conflict reconciliation, apologies, reparations, war trauma, human rights reporting, and forensic knowledge in human rights. She is currently working on a book project on the governance of social suffering.

Claire teaches courses on Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights (SO307), Political Reconciliation (SO457) and Approaches to Human Rights (SO424). She supervises PhD work on a range of topics including the refusnik movement in Israel, transitional justice in Columbia, state crimes in Mexico, memory and trauma in contemporary Cambodia and disappearances in Chile. Claire has been awarded two LSE Teaching Prizes: the Major Review Teaching Prize and the LSE Teaching Excellence Award.

Claire Moon is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE. She is also the Convener of the ‘Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights’ Research Group. Claire was Reviews Editor of the British Journal of Sociology between 2007 and 2010, and is a member of the British Sociological Association. She is also a member of the London Transitional Justice Network and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, Columbia University, NYC.

Selected Publications


Narrating Political ReconcilitationMoon, Claire (2008 hbk/2009pbk) Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Maryland: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield).




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.


Moon, Claire (2013) ‘Looking without seeing, listening without hearing: Cohen, denial and human rights’, Crime, Media and Culture, 9/2.

Moon, Claire (2013) ‘Interpreters of the dead: Forensic knowledge, human remains and the politics of the past’, Social and Legal Studies, 22/2.

Moon, Claire (forthcoming 2013) ‘Money as the measure of man: Values and value in reconciliation’ in Malcolm Cowburn, Paul Senior, Anne Robinson, Marian Duggan (eds.), The Value(s) of Criminology and Community Justice (Bristol: Policy Press).

Moon, Claire (forthcoming 2013) ‘The therapeutic governance of atrocity: social and political implications’, Mathemes of Reassociation, 1.

Moon, Claire (2012) ‘“What one sees and how one files seeing”: reporting atrocity and suffering’, Sociology, 46/5.

Moon, Claire (2012) '"Who'll pay reparations on my soul?" Compensation, social suffering and social control in Argentina', Social and Legal Studies, 21/2.

Moon, Claire (2011), 'The crime of crimes and the crime of criminology: genocide, criminology and Darfur, British Journal of Sociology, 62/1.

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.

Moon, Claire (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.

Moon, Claire (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).

Moon, Claire (2009) 'Healing Past Violence: traumatic assumptions and therapeutic interventions in war and reconciliation', Journal of Human Rights, 8/1. 

Moon, Claire (2009) Book review essay: ‘Transitional amnesty and justice and reconciliation’. Social and Legal Studies, 18/4.

Moon, Claire (2008) 'Amnesty' in Peter Cane and Joanne Conaghan (eds), New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press).   

Moon, Claire (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). 

Moon, Claire (2006) 'Narrating Political Reconciliation: truth and reconciliation in South Africa, Social and Legal Studies, 15/2.

Moon, Claire (2006) 'Reconciliation as Therapy and Compensation: a critical analysis', in Scott Veitch and Emilios Christodoulidis (eds.) Law, Time and Reconciliation (London: Ashgate). 

Moon, Claire (2004) 'Prelapsarian State: forgiveness and reconciliation in transitional justice', International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 17/2.

Moon, Claire (2002) 'From Separation to Interpenetration: a bi-national state in Palestine/Israel? A response to Eyal Weizman', openDemocracy, July 9.


Claire Moon