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 article “Santiago’s Sinister Hand: Hybrid Identity in the Statue of James the Greater at Santa Marta de Tera” appeared in Peregrinations (2014). His current research focuses on the intersection of ethnicity and pilgrimage, as in his most recent essay, “Two Religions on One Road to Santiago: Polyethnicity and Syncretism on the Camino in Saint Jacques... la Mecques,” newly published in The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views (2015). Moore is currently at work on a bilingual edition and study of His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes (El fiscal de su Majestad contra José Soller, peregrino mulato, por fingirse sacerdote y otros delitos), a previously unedited and unpublished legal case from late 17th-century Spain that is important as an example of the lived experience of those of black African descent in the early modern Ibero-Atlantic world.
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.