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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

Get to know John K. Moore Jr. Opens an external link.

Watch: 3 Things to Explore for Hispanic Heritage Month with Dr. John K. Moore Jr. Opens an external link.

UAB Scholars Profile Opens an external link.

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Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain opens a new website, a bilingual edition and detailed study of a previously unpublished criminal trial against a “mulatto pilgrim” from the Americas.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 opens a new website, from the American Council of Learned Societies opens a new website, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities opens a new website. 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 opens a new website from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain (listen to Moore describe this publication and the documents it is based on) opens a new website).

John Moore and students pose in Camino at night. 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 opens a new website. For an overview of this program, check out “Walking the Camino opens a new website” by UAB alumna Jennifer Ghandhi, the story “Study-away Pilgrimage in Spain Gives Students the Gift of Life Lessons opens a new website,” a video from the UAB trip abroad opens a new website, and trip photos opens a new website. 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.

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