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

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a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain, a bilingual edition and detailed study of a previously unpublished criminal trial against a “mulatto pilgrim” from the Americas.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.

  • SPA 401/501: Voices of Imperial Spain
  • SPA 411/511: Cervantes and Don Quijote
  • SPA 310: Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World
  • FLL 120: Foreign Cultures (Honors)
  • SPA 311: Greatest Hits of Hispanic Literature – Spain
  • SPA 101: Introductory Spanish I (Honors)
  • SPA 399: Pan-Hispanic Cinema
  • HON 324/FLL 485: The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage (taught as both University Honors Program and Foreign Languages Capstone seminars)
  • SPA 290/390/490: UAB on the Camino in Spain (via UAB Education Abroad)
Book-length Volumes:
Articles and Essays:
  • Moore Jr., John K. “Two Religions on One Road to Santiago: Polyethnicity and Syncretism on the Camino in Saint-Jacques . . . La Mecque.” The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views. Eds. Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez and Annie Hesp. New York: Routledge, 2016. 123-46. Print.
  • Moore Jr., John K. “Santiago’s Sinister Hand: Hybrid Identity in the Statue of James the Greater at Santa Marta de Tera.” Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 4.3 (Spring 2014): 31-62. Print.
  • Moore Jr., John K. “Juxtaposing James the Greater: Interpreting the Interstices of Santiago as Peregrino and Matamoros.” In The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage Studies in Spain. Monographic issue of La corónica, A Journal of Medieval Spanish Language, Literature & Cultural Studies 36.2 (Spring 2008): 313-44.
  • Moore Jr., John K. and Thomas Spaccarelli. “Libro de los huéspedes (Escorial MS h.I.13): A Unified Work of Narrative and Image for Female Pilgrims.” La corónica, A Journal of Medieval Spanish Language, Literature & Cultural Studies 35.1 (Fall 2006): 249-70.
  • Moore Jr., John K. “Conventional Botany or Unorthodox Organics?: On the Meollo/Corteza Metaphor in Admiraçión operum Dey of Teresa de Cartagena.” Romance Notes 44.1 (Fall 2003): 3-12.