Dr. Julia Moses


Julia Moses is Reader in Modern History (Associate Professor) at the University of Sheffield (UK) and currently based at Göttingen's Institute of Sociology as a Marie Curie Fellow.

Her Marie Curie research project, "Marriage and Cultural Diversity in the German Empire", has been generously funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 scheme. The project investigates dynamics of religious and cultural diversity in the German Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by focusing on the legal and administrative treatment of marriage and the family. Combining history and sociology, her research sheds historical light on recent European debates about global migration, human rights and legal pluralism. She is working together with Professor Matthias Koenig in Cultural Sociology during her fellowship.

At Göttingen, she is completing her book Civilizing Marriage: Family, Nation and State in the German Empire. She began initial work on the project during her Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Early Career Fellowship held at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and continued her research with the generous support of a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Stay at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Free University Berlin.

Julia`s work to date has focused on social problems and policy in modern Europe. 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 (New York and Cambridge: CUP: Studies in Legal History Series, spring 2018) and Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories (London: Bloomsbury Academic, autumn 2017) are forthcoming.

She is co-founder and co-chair of the Council for European Studies Political Economy and Welfare State Research Network based at Columbia University, as well as co-founder and co-chair of the Risk, Policy and Law research group and former co-director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sheffield.