Clifford Ando’s research focuses on the histories of religion, law and government in the ancient world. His first book centered on the history of political culture in the provinces of the Roman empire, and he continues to write and advise on topics related to the provincial administration, the relationship between imperial power and local cultural change, and the form and structure of ancient empires. He has also written extensively on ancient religion. Significant themes were the connection of religion to empire and imperial government, especially in relation to pluralism and tolerance; and problems of representation in the use of objects in ritual. His current projects include a study of Latin as a language of the law and a study of legal theory in contexts of weak state power.
He is also general editor of Roman Statutes: Renewing Roman Law, a collaborative project that will produce a new edition, translation and commentary on all epigraphically-preserved Roman laws. The project is supported by grants from the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Neubauer Collegium, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Editor, with Myles Lavan, Roman and Local Citizenship in the Long Second Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021
- Editor, with Thomas Habinek and Giulia Sissa, A Cultural History of Ideas in Classical Antiquity, volume 1 in A Cultury of Ideas, Sophia Rosenfeld and Peter T. Struck, eds. London: Bloomsbury, 2022
- "Performing justice in republican empire." In Katell Berthelot, Natalie B. Dohrmann, and Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, eds., Legal Engagement: The Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire (Rome: École française de Rome, 2021), 69-85
- "Religious affiliation and political belonging from Cicero to Theodosius." Acta Classica 64 (2021) 9-28
- With Myles Lavan, "Introduction." Myles Lavan and Clifford Ando, eds., Roman and Local Citizenship in the Long Second Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021), 1-38
- "Romans, aliens and others in dynamic interaction." Myles Lavan and Clifford Ando, eds., Roman and Local Citizenship in the Long Second Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021), 285-311
- "Local citizenship and civic participation in the Western provinces of the Roman Empire." In Cédric Brélaz and H.G.E. Rose, eds., Civic Identity and Civic Partipation in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Turnhout: Brepols, 2021. 39-63
- "Religion, toleration, and religious liberty in republican empire." In Valentina Arena, ed., Liberty: Ancient Ideas and Modern Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2021. 121-133
- "Politics and Economies." In Clifford Ando, Thomas Habinek†, and Giulia Sissa, eds., A Cultural History of Ideas in Classical Antiquity. London: Bloomsbury, 2022. 63-82
- With Lucas Herchenroeder, "History." In Clifford Ando, Thomas Habinek†, and Giulia Sissa, eds., A Cultural History of Ideas in Classical Antiquity. London: Bloomsbury, 2022. 149-163
- "BMCR: A view under the hood." Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2022.11.26
- "Census, censor, citizenship: republican subjectivity in advance of monarchy." In Jakub Filonik, Christine Plastow and Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz, eds., Citizenship in antiquity: civic communities in the ancient Mediterranean. London: Routledge, 2023. 616-626
- "The rise of the indigenous jurists." Law and History Review (2023): 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0738248023000135