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Ariela Gross
Visiting Professor of Law

Biography 

Ariela J. Gross  is a Visiting Professor from USC Gould School of Law. She will be teaching Contracts during the Autumn quarter and Slavery and Race and Legal History Workshop during the Winter quarter.

At the University of Southern California she is the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, and a codirector of the Center for Law, History, and Culture. Her most recent book, What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (2008) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, cowinner of the James Willard Hurst Prize, and winner of the Lillian Smith Award and the American Political Science Association’s Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Gross is also the author of Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000). She is currently working on a study of race, law and conservatism in post-World War II America, as well as a book on the comparative history of law, race, and slavery in the Americas with Cuban historian Alejandro de la Fuente of Harvard University. She has published articles on the law and politics of race and the memory of slavery in the United States and France, and on race, law and comparative history. Her research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library. She teaches Contracts, History of American Law, and various courses on race, slavery, and citizenship.