Dr Claire Moon

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. I have degrees in Literature, International Relations and Politics. My research spans the sociologies of politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge and science. Drawing on atrocities and their redress as an empirical backdrop, I explore the nation, justice and human rights. I have written on transitional justice, reparations, war trauma, humanitarianism, human rights reporting, and science and human rights and am currently working on a second monograph on forensic investigations of mass graves. My work has addressed the cases of South Africa and Argentina and is currently focused on Mexico. 

 I 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. I convene the ‘Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights’ research group at LSE, and am advisor to a citizen-led forensics initiative for ‘the disappeared’ in Mexico.               

I hold three LSE Teaching Prizes: the LSE Major Review Teaching Prize, the LSE Student Union Teaching Prize and the LSE Teaching Excellence Award. 

You can hear me speaking on a special episode of Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed dedicated to the late Stan Cohen, eminent criminologist and founding member of the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Selected Publications


Narrating Political Reconcilitation

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




BJS Shaping Sociology over 60 yearsSpecial 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


Moon, Claire (forthcoming 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).

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

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

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

Moon, Claire (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.

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

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

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

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: 261-269.

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): 61-85.

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

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

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

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): 314-329.

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

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

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

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



Claire Moon