Material Culture

William D. Moore

moorepic725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 215B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
226 Bay State Rd, Room 101
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-9913
Fax: (617) 353-2556

curriculum vitae

Director, American & New England Studies

Associate Professor; American Material Culture.

AB, Harvard University; MA, PhD, Boston University.

Professor Moore teaches courses on American material culture and vernacular landscapes. He is the author of Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes and numerous articles interrogating the interrelationship between built form and systems of belief. Having worked extensively in museums and historic preservation, he is particularly interested in the dynamics by which artifacts are used to convey meaning to the general public. His current book project analyzes the nation’s fascination with the Shakers in the years between 1925 and 1965.