Sean Moore

Phone: (603) 862-3827
Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 349E, Durham, NH 03824
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Dr. Sean Moore (Ph.D. Duke 2003, M.A. Georgetown 1995, B.A. UMASS 1991) has research and teaching interests focused on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to global eighteenth-century British, Irish and American studies. He is editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, and has just completed a second monograph entitled "Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814" (Oxford UP, 2019). This book 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 consumer habits, philanthropy , and reading of men engaged in slavery and related enterprises. His first 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. Moore's recent work in Atlantic studies includes an essay, "The Irish Contribution to the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Non-Importation and the Reception of Jonathan Swift's Irish Satires in Early America," in Early American Literature (2017). New contributions to British studies and financial history include an essay on John Dryden's reaction to the Stop of the Exchequer of 1672 – the only sovereign debt default in Britain's History – forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2020). Having served a three-year term as Director of the UNH Honors Program, Moore is particularly interested in working with undergraduates and graduate students who wish to pursue careers in academia, research libraries, museums, learned societies, and high schools. A former aide to U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Ireland, he also is interested in advising students going into public policy, international affairs, and communications.

Moore's articles have appeared in PMLA, Atlantic Studies, 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 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment of the Humanities (AAS/NEH), the Library Company of Philadelphia/Mellon Foundation, the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions), the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Fulbright program.


  • Ph.D., English, Duke University
  • M.A., English, Georgetown University
  • B.A., English, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • B.A., English & History, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Research Interests

  • 18th century British, Irish, American economics

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 401: First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 419: How to Read Anything
  • ENGL 444D: Irish Identity
  • ENGL 513W: BritLitII: Shakespeare-Austen
  • ENGL 515W: American Lit I Conquest Nation
  • ENGL 620: English Major Internship
  • ENGL 767: Lit of Restoration 18th Cent
  • ENGL 783: English Novel of 18th Century
  • ENGL 787: English Major Seminar
  • ENGL 797: Spec Studies in Literature\Hon

Selected Publications

Moore, S. D. (2019). Slavery and the Making of the Early American Library British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814. Oxford University Press, USA.

Moore, S. (2018). Introduction: Empires in the Eighteenth Century. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 52(1), 1-5. doi:10.1353/ecs.2018.0019

Moore, S. (2017). The Irish Contribution to the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Nonimportation and the Reception of Jonathan Swift's Irish Satires in Early America. Early American Literature, 52(2), 333-362. doi:10.1353/eal.2017.0028

Moore, S. D. (2012). INTRODUCTION: IRELAND AND ENLIGHTENMENT. EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES, 45(3), 345-354. doi:10.1353/ecs.2012.0028

Moore, S. (2010). Vested Interests and Debt Bondage: Credit as Confessional Coercion in Eighteenth-Century Ireland. In D. Carey, & C. Finlay (Eds.), The Empire of Credit: The Financial Revolution in the British Atlantic World , 1700-1800 (pp. 204-220). Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Moore, S. D. (2010). Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Moore, S. (2009). Satiric Norms, Swift's Financial Satires, and the Bank of Ireland Controversy of 1720-1721. In H. Bloom (Ed.), Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, New Edition (pp. 9-42). New York: Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations.

Moore, S. (2008). Swift and Ireland's Revenue: the Public Finance Context of Irish Economic Pamphleteering. In H. Real (Ed.), Reading Swift Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift (pp. 391-401). Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

Moore, S. (2007). Devouring Posterity: A Modest Proposal , Empire, and Ireland?s ?Debt of the Nation?. PMLA, 122(3), 679-695. doi:10.1632/pmla.2007.122.3.679

Moore, S. (2005). “Our Irish copper-farthen dean”: Swift's Drapier's letters, the “forging” of a modernist Anglo-Irish literature, and the Atlantic world of paper credit. Atlantic Studies, 2(1), 65-92. doi:10.1080/1478881052000341729

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