Dr Claire Moon

Dr Claire Moon

Associate Professor in Sociology

Department of Sociology

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Key Expertise
Politics, Atrocity, Justice, Knowledge, Human Rights, Forensics, Death

About me

Claire Moon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, a member of LSE Human Rights and an Associate of LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean Centre. She has degrees in literature, international relations, and politics. Her research engages with broad themes such as the nation, justice and human rights. It spans the sociologies of politics, crime, law, violence, knowledge, science and death. She has published widely on topics including transitional justice, the politics of reconciliation, reparations to victims of gross violations of human rights, war trauma, human rights, humanitarianism, forensic investigations of atrocity and the rights of the dead. She is the author of Narrating Political Reconciliation: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently writing a book on the history, politics and ethics of forensic exhumations of mass graves. Claire is also conducting research on the social denial of atrocities and the stigmatisation of victims in the context of Mexico’s ongoing drugs war.

Claire currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for her research project Human Rights, Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave (2018-2022). 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 sat on the Advisory Board of LSE Human Rights for ten years from 2004-2014, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Birkbeck’s Centre for Researching and Embedding Human Rights. She also serves on the international board of a citizen-led forensics organisation of families of ‘the disappeared’ in Mexico. She is a former Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Sociology and 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 Issues

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

Articles and Chapters

Moon, Claire (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.

Moon, Claire (forthcoming) ‘Extraordinary deathwork: new developments in, and the social significance of, forensic humanitarian action’ 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.

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

Moon, Claire (2018) ‘Politics, deathwork, rights’, Humanity, 9th November

Moon, Claire (2017) ‘The biohistory of atrocity and the social life of human remains’ in Christopher M. Stojanowski and William N. Duncan (eds.)StudiesinForensicBiohistory: Anthropological Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press): 267-287.

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 (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.) MapasDeLaTransición: La política después del terror en Alemania, Chile, España, Guatemala, Sudáfrica 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 and 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 et al (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) ‘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 (2006) ‘Narrating political reconciliation: truth and reconciliation in South Africa, Social and Legal Studies, 15/2: 257-275.

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.