John K. Moore Jr.Associate Professor of Spanish
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 Kitchen Moore Jr. grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has been fascinated with the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain since he first journeyed there on foot in 2000. This millennium-old route to the shrine of Saint James the Greater (brother of John the Evangelist in the Bible) is not only important to Christian religious tradition but also stands as a multifaceted cultural itinerary significant to the study of art and architecture, cultural anthropology, history, literature, folklore, and other disciplines. This is one reason why the network of routes collectively known as the Camino de Santiago became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 and is increasingly popular today.
Moore on the trail of José Soller, mulatto pilgrim and priest impersonator - Tuy, Spain as seen from Valença, Portugal.

The focus of Dr. Moore’s most recent research weaves together pilgrimage and ethnic studies. For example, he is currently at work on a study, critical edition, and translation 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 late 17th-century Spanish legal case that is an important example of the lives of those of black African descent in the early modern Ibero-Atlantic world. Dr. Moore received a 2015 Research Fellowship Award from the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William & Mary to help fund publication of this bilingual edition telling the story of this fascinating “mulatto pilgrim” and his milieu. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to continue work on the project.

Dr. Moore received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2017 for 2018. The NEH Fellowship enabled Dr. Moore to complete his work and then to earn an author contract in 2019 from Brill, one of the foremost Humanities publishers in the world since 1683. Dr. Moore’s book, currently in press with Brill in The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World series, is Mulatto · Outlaw · Pilgrim · Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain.

John K. Moore leading a student trip to Camino. Dr. 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 enjoys guiding 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. Dr. 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 2017. If you are interested in this program, he invites you to join him in travel for transformation. Whatever your interest in Hispanic studies, he welcomes you to join him in crafting a research project worthy of a national audience.

You can learn more about the Camino de Santiago in the Camino Podcast; Dr. Moore talks about two great epic poems set in part along the way: the "Song of Roland" and the "Poem of El Cid". The interview is available on SoundCloud.

  • 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.
  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies.
  • George Greenia Research Fellowship in Pilgrimage Studies, Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William & Mary, to help fund publication of Moore's in-progress study and bilingual edition of “His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes,” 2015. Read more.
  • American Pilgrims on the Camino grant for Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies to launch the North American Camino Consortium (symposium held at Georgetown University, February 2011), with Prof. George Greenia, College of William & Mary, 2010.
  • Interim Chair, UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2009 – 2011.
  • MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Seal of Approval for critical edition of the Libro de los huéspedes, 2008.
  • Honorable Mention in the Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas for “Juxtaposing James the Greater: Interpreting the Interstices of Santiago as Peregrino and Matamoros” in the monographic issue of La corónica entitled The Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage. 2007.
  • Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities (administrated via the University of Minnesota), two grants for Moore's 2008 book-length publications, 2007.
  • Road Scholar with the Alabama Humanities Foundation: Featured speaker on the Road to Santiago and Pilgrimage, 2006-2010.