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Claudia Moatti specializes in the study of Roman History, Roman Administration, and Human Mobility. She has a joint appointment as Adjunct Professor of Classics and Law at USC and Professor in the Department of History at the Université of Paris 8. In 2011, she received a courtesy appointment at USC Gould School of Law.
Moatti has been a full professor at USC since 2004. From 2007-2011, she worked as both a Professor of the Practice in the department of Classics at USC and as a history Professor in Paris. In Fall 2010, Moatti was a guest lecturer in LAW 599: Law and Slavery from Ancient to Modern Times and also worked with Prof. Ariela Gross to introduce a new course titled, “Slavery and Law in Ancient and Modern times.” Previously, Moatti was an Assistant in Latin at the University of the Maine, a Lecturer at the Ecole Normale d’Instituteurs, of Auteuil, an Associate in Ancient History at the University of Paris 1, and a Professor in Roman History at the University of Paris 8.
Moatti is currently working on four books: Respublica Politique et cosmopolitique I, L’Empire romain en mouvement. Politique et cosmopolitique II, Libertas as a legal category in the Roman World, and an English translation of La Raison de Rome. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Social and Education History based in Barcelona, the Association Internationale d’Epigraphie Grecque et Latine, the British Epigraphy Society, and a member of the Sterring Committe of the Center of Law, History and Culture. Moatti also serves as the Director of the Mediterranean Center in the University of Paris 8. Moatti has traveled extensively and spoken at conferences in England, British Columbia, Portugal, France, and Italy. Moatti earned her PhD in History and her HDR in History at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
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Sam Erman published the op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico" on colonial oppression of the territory. Under the Foraker Act of 1900, Puerto Ricans received no federal voting power, no U.S. citizenship and no guarantee of eventual statehood. This led to a gap between purported ideals of the United States and its treatment of Puerto Rico, Erman wrote."The 120-year epic tragedy of Puerto Rico can be told as a tale of two hurricanes. The one fresh in our memory is Maria, which reached Puerto Rico a year ago. The other was hurricane San Ciriaco in 1899, which devastated the island just after it became part of the United States. on colonial oppression of Puerto Rico."
"The Certification Paradox", The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2.
"Luck or Skill? Mutual Funds that Borrow," International Conference on Economic Modeling 2018, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.
Thomas D. Lyon
"The Productivity of Wh- Prompts in Child Forensic Interviews" (with Elizabeth C. Ahern, Samantha J. Andrews & Stacia N. Stolzenberg), Journal of Interpersonal Violence 33 (2018): 2007.