Julia Moses is Reader in Modern History (Associate Professor) at the University of Sheffield (UK). She is currently based at the University of Göttingen`s Institute of Sociology as a Marie Curie Fellow, where she leads the research project 'Marriage and Cultural Diversity in the German Empire', which has been generously funded by the European Commission`s Horizon 2020 scheme.
Julia studied at Barnard College/Columbia University (New York), Oxford and Cambridge (as a Gates Scholar). Before joining the Department of History at Sheffield in 2011, she was a lecturer at Oxford. She has been a visiting scholar at the Berlin Collegium for the Comparative History of Europe at the Free University; a professeur invitée at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; an International Guest Lecturer at the University of Bielefeld; and, a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
Julia`s work to date has focused on social problems and policy in modern Europe. She has published on three main strands of her research: the history of private law, and especially torts and the family; transnational history; and, the history of ideas about ‘risk’. She has co-edited (with Michael Lobban) The Impact of Ideas on Legal Development (CUP, 2012) and theme issues in the Journal of Global History (with Martin Daunton) and Social Science History (with Eve Rosenhaft). Her books The First Modern Risk: Workplace Accidents and the Origins of European Social States (CUP, 2018) and Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) are forthcoming.
Julia is especially keen to bridge disciplinary boundaries, and her work draws on insights from law, anthropology, politics and sociology. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Council for European Studies research network on Political Economy and Welfare and co-founder and co-director of the Risk, Policy and Law research cluster in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Sheffield.