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John K. Moore Jr.Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
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University Hall 3166
(205) 934-8901

Research and Teaching Interests: Hispanic Cultural and Literary History, Ethnic Studies, the Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage, Film Studies, Art and Architecture

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Sewanee: The University of the South, Spanish
  • MAT, Middle Tennessee State University, Foreign Languages – Spanish
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Romance Languages – Spanish Literature

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John K. Moore, Jr. devotes himself to researching and teaching Hispanic literature and pilgrimage studies. Since 2000, he has explored several routes to Santiago with students, colleagues, and friends. In rotation with literal pilgrimage, Moore has written various essays on the Camino de Santiago, medieval pilgrimage, and Saint James the Greater, and has published monographic works such as The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage, a special issue of La corónica, A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, as well as a critical edition of the Libro de los huéspedes (Escorial MS h.I.13), awarded by the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.

Moore recently published Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain, a bilingual edition and detailed study of a previously unpublished criminal trial against a “mulatto pilgrim” from the Americas. The preparation of the book was honored with three distinguished fellowships in the United States: from the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of William & Mary, from the American Council of Learned Societies, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The volume was published by Brill, a European press at the vanguard of the humanities since 1683. Reviewed by Frederick A. de Armas (Laberinto Journal 2020) and Antón M. Pazos (Cuaderno de Estudios Gallegos 2021), this book now has been awarded the 2021 Prize for Research on the Road to Santiago and Pilgrimages from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain (video in English).

John K. Moore leading a student trip to Camino. Moore enjoys teaching a wide array of courses at all levels in the Department and frequently offers a seminar in the University Honors Program. He guides student research in the form of Honors theses, national and regional presentations, and published essays. Many of these student research projects have grown out of investigative reports conducted during the UAB on the Camino in Spain program via UAB Education Abroad. For an overview of this program, check out “Walking the Camino” by UAB alumna Jennifer Ghandhi, the story “Study-away Pilgrimage in Spain Gives Students the Gift of Life Lessons,” a video, and photos from the UAB trip abroad. Moore journeyed on foot with groups of UAB students across northern Spain along the Road to Santiago in 2010 and 2014 and plans to do so again in the summer of 2023. If you are interested in this program, he invites you to join him in travel for transformation. Whatever your interest in Hispanic studies, Moore welcomes you to join him in crafting a research project worthy of a national audience.