B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1991
M.A., Georgetown University, 1995
Ph.D., Duke University, 2003
ENGL 419: Intro to Literary Analysis
ENGL 513: Survey of British Literature to 1800
ENGL 767: Literature of the Restoration & Early Eighteenth Century
ENGL 768: Literature of Later Eighteenth Century
ENGL 968: Seminar/Eighteenth Century Literature
Fields of Research
Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, cultural and Irish studies
Sean Moore’s research and teaching is focused on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus on the cultures of Ireland and the Anglophone Atlantic. His monograph, Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), won the 2010 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. It argues that Jonathan Swift helped to mobilize the Irish print media for the promotion of Ireland’s cultural, political, and economic sovereignty. His new book project, entitled "Slavery and the Making of the Early American Library," studies how the transatlantic book trade—the purchase of London printed books by Americans eager for British cultural capital and identity—was enabled by the philanthropy of colonial slave traders and by the consumer habits of slave owners. Moore continues to work in Irish Studies, however, and has edited and published “Ireland and Enlightenment,” a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies that explores the influence of Continental and British philosophy on Ireland and the rise of an indigenous Irish Enlightenment.
Moore’s articles have appeared in PMLA, Atlantic Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and other journals and essay collections. For one of these essays, he received the international Richard H. Rodino Prize from the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies in Münster, Germany. He has held fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment of the Humanities (AAS/NEH), the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions), the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Fulbright program, Duke University, and UNH.