Sally Falk Moore Named 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecturer


ACLS is pleased to announce that Sally Falk Moore, legal anthropologist and professor emerita at Harvard University, will deliver the 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture on "A Life of Learning." The lecture will take place on April 27 at the ACLS annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Sally Falk Moore began her career in a Wall Street law firm and then became a staff attorney at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg during the investigation of Nazi war criminals. She then returned to the US and received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1957. Moore developed and chaired the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California (1963–1977) and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University before joining the Harvard University faculty in 1981. Currently a professor of anthropology (emerita) at Harvard, she served as dean of the Graduate School (1985-1989) and master of Dunster House. In 2010 she was appointed affiliated professor of international legal studies at Harvard Law School.

Moore did her major fieldwork in Tanzania and has published extensively on cross-cultural, comparative legal theory. Her books include Law as Process (1978, 2nd ed. 2000), Social Facts and Fabrications: “Customary” Law on Kilimanjaro 1990–1980 (1986), Anthropology and Africa (1994), Law and Anthropology, A Reader (2004), and Comparing Impossibilities (2016).

Named for the first chairman of ACLS (1920-26), the Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture series celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance. Lecturers are chosen by the Executive Committee of the Delegates of ACLS. The lectures are published in the ACLS Occasional Paper series and made available, in pdf and video, on the ACLS website (see media collection).