Claudia Moser

Claudia Moser
Associate Professor
Graduate Advisor

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Non-Teaching

Office Location

Arts 2316


Roman Republican sanctuaries; altars; ancient rituals; cults and burial practices.


Ph.D. Brown University
B.A. University of Pennsylvania


Claudia Moser’s research focuses on the material culture and archaeological record of Roman religion, principally the ritual of sacrifice and the altars at which these practices took place. Her work touches on and attempts to reorient the differing approaches to the study of the materiality of religion of such scholarly disciplines as art history, classics, anthropology, religious studies, economics, and cognitive science. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of her studies of ancient religion, and she has participated in excavations in Rome, Latium, Greece, and Petra. Her publications include The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium: Sacrifice and the Materiality of Roman Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2019), as well as three co-edited volumes, Locating the Sacred: Theoretical Approaches to the Emplacement of Religion (Oxbow Books, 2014), Ritual Matters: Material Residues of Ancient Religions (Memoirs of the American Academy Supplement Series, The University of Michigan Press, 2017), and Transformations of Value: Lived Religion and the Economy (Mohr Siebeck, 2019). Claudia is the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2013-2014), a Memoria Romana Dissertation Fellowship (2012-2013), and a postdoctoral fellowship in archaeology at the University of Puget Sound (2014-2015). She received her Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in 2014. Her current work includes a study of the intersection of economy and religion in early Central Italy, an investigation of the sacrificial practices and sanctuary architecture in pre-Roman and Roman Gaul, as well as a new project on the phallus as an apotropaic symbol in Roman North Africa, Britain, and Italy.


"Sanctuary of the Thirteen Altars, Lavinium" (photo © Claudia Moser)"Excavation in progress of the Sanctuary of S. Omobono in Rome" (photo © Claudia Moser)

"Sacrificial Altar from Djemila, Algeria" (photo © Claudia Moser)"Phallic mosaic from Sousse, Tunisia" (photo © Claudia Moser)


Claudia Moser and Cecelia Feldman, eds. Locating the Sacred: Theoretical Approaches to the Emplacement of Religion. Joukowsky Institute Publication, 3. Oakville: Oxbow Books, 2014.


Undergraduate Courses

6A   Art Survey I: Ancient - Medieval
W 6R   Rome: The Game
103A   Roman Architecture
103D   Introduction to Classical Archaeology
103F   Greek Art and Archaeology
103G   Ancient Spectacle
186B   Seminar in Ancient Greek & Roman Art/Architecture - Topics: Roman Religion, Materiality of Religion

Graduate Seminars

2019-2020   Materiality of Religion
2017-2018   Object Agency
2015-2016   Sacred Space: Archaeological, Architectural, and Theoretical Perspectives