Associate Professor; American Material Culture


William D. Moore holds a joint appointment between the Department of History of Art & Architecture and the American & New England Studies Program. An interdisciplinary American Studies scholar, he has specialties in material culture, the built environment, and cultural history. 

He holds an A.B. in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University. He researches, lectures, and publishes on vernacular architecture, folk art, American fraternalism, public history, the interpretation of historic sites, and the history of surfing. He is the author of Shaker Fever: America’s Twentieth Century Fascination with a Communitarian Sect (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) and Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes (University of Tennessee Press, 2006). He has contributed numerous articles to exhibition catalogs, books, and scholarly journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Winterthur Portfolio and Buildings & Landscapes.

He is currently working on a book on the architecture of Cape Cod and its adjacent islands which will be published by the University of Virginia Press as part of the Society of Architectural Historians’ “Buildings of the United States” series.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Shaker Fever: America’s 20th Century Fascination with a Communitarian, Celibate Sect.
Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2020

“Solomon’s Temple in America: Masonic Architecture, Popular Culture, and Biblical Imagery, 1865-1930,”
in Freemasonry and the Visual Arts from the Eighteenth Century Forward: Historical and Global Perspectives,
Reva Wolf and Alisa Luxenberg, eds, 181-201.
New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. Paperback edition released 2014.