Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross is the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, and a co-director of the Center for Law, History, and Culture, at the University of Southern California. 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. She is also the author of What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (2008) which was named a Choice outstanding academic title, co-winner 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; and 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 comparative project on law, race, and slavery in the Americas with Cuban historian Alejandro de la Fuente.

Twitter: @arielagross.


  • Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana
  • Comparative Race and Slavery in the Americas
  • Law, Politics, and the Memory of Slavery in the United States and Europe
  • Race and Modern Conservative Movements
  • Race, Citizenship, and the U.S. Constitution *
  • Race, Gender, and the U.S. Constitution *
  • Slavery and the Law in the United States
  • Slavery, Antislavery, and the Coming of the Civil War
  • Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Constitution
  • The History of Race and Racism in the United States
  • The Past and Future of Civil Rights *
  • The Reconstruction Amendments at 150
  • White Nationalism in the Twentieth Century and Beyond *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.