Sally Falk Moore began her career in a Wall Street law firm and then became a staff attorney for the War Department in Nuremberg during the time of the International Military Tribunal, preparing cases to be tried subsequently in the American zone. She returned to the United States and received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1957.

Moore developed anthropological studies at the University of Southern California (1963–1977) and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University before joining the Harvard University faculty in 1981. Currently the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Harvard, she served as dean of the Graduate School (1985-1989) and master of Dunster House. In 2010, she was appointed affiliated professor of international legal studies at Harvard Law School.

The 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture