Ariela J. Gross

Expert in Race, slavery, civil rights law

John B. & Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law & History

USC Gould School of Law


  • History of race and the law in the U.S.
  • History of gender and the law in the U.S.
  • Intersections of race and gender in the law
  • History of slavery in the U.S.
  • History of U.S. law
  • History of African Americans and the law
  • Labor law and employment discrimination
  • Slavery insurance policies
  • Critical race theory
  • Contracts

Additional Information

  • Author of Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Louisiana, and Virginia (2020); What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (2008); and Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000).
  • Chair of Concerned Faculty of USC


  • French
  • English

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