Title: Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Office: Humanities Building 413
John K. Moore, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages – Spanish Literature in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His critical edition of the Libro de los huéspedes (2008) was awarded the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal of Approval. Moore’s co-edited monographic issue of La corónica entitled The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage (2008) contains his article “Juxtaposing James the Greater: Interpreting the Interstices of Santiago as Peregrino and Matamoros,” which received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas. Another of his co-edited volumes is “Recuerde el alma dormida”: Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Essays in Honor of Frank A. Domínguez (2009). Moore’s most recent article (appearing in Peregrinations) is “Santiago’s Sinister Hand: Hybrid Identity in the Statue of James the Greater at Santa Marta de Tera” (2014). His current research focuses on the intersection of ethnicity and pilgrimage, as in his essay “Two Religions on One Road to Santiago: Polyethnicity and Syncretism on the Camino in Saint Jacques... la Mecques,” forthcoming in The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views, co-edited by Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez and Annie Hesp, to be published by Routledge in August 2015. The overarching focus of Moore’s work at present concerns José Soller, a 17th-century pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela of blended African and European ancestry whose legal case (the man was indicted for impersonating a priest) is groundbreaking because it moves people of color to the heart of our appreciation of the picaresque and pilgrimage narrative genres.
Moore teaches a wide array of courses at all levels. He has had the opportunity to instruct in the UAB Honors program, as well as to guide student honors theses, public presentations, and published essays. Moore journeyed on foot with groups of UAB students across northern Spain along the Road to Santiago in 2010 and in 2014.
Moore served as Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 2009 to 2011. He has represented the UAB College of Arts and Sciences in the Faculty Senate. Moore has been a Road Scholar with the Alabama Humanities Foundation Speakers Bureau and has spoken on a variety of topics locally, nationally, and internationally.