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Wayne D. Moore

Wayne D. Moore, Associate Professor

Wayne D. Moore, Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
505 Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5478 |

Current areas of research and writing include constitutional development during the American founding period, constitutional change during the Reconstruction era in the United States (especially problems with the Fourteenth Amendment’s initial authority), and problems of constitutional authority and change more generally.

  • Constitutional Law and Politics
  • Constitutional and Political Development
  • Political Theory
  • Judicial Politics
  • Comparative Constitutional Studies
  • PhD, Princeton University
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, University of Virginia
  • University Pre-Law Advisor, Virginia Tech
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Bar
  • Faculty of Law and School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, former Fulbright Lecturer
  • American Political Science Association
  • University of Virginia, former Member of the Board of Directors
  • C. Herman Pritchett Award, given by the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association in 1997, for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist and published in 1996, for Wayne D. Moore, Constitutional Rights and Powers of the People (Princeton University Press, 1996).
  • Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, National Endowment for the Humani­ties, academic year 1996-1997.
  • Fulbright Lecturer, Faculty of Law and School of International Public Policy, Osaka Universi­ty, and Faculty of Law, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan, academic year 1997-1998.
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising, Virginia Tech, 2009.
  • Award for Excellence in Career Advising, Career Services, Virginia Tech, 2007.
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2005.
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 1997.


Moore, W. Constitutional Rights and Powers of the People, (Princeton University Press, 1996; paperback edition, 1998)

Journal Articles

Wayne D. Moore, “Variable Constitutional Authority: Madisonian Founding Perspectives,” American Political Thought, vol. 2 (2013), pp. 217-58.

Wayne D. Moore, “The Fourteenth Amendment’s Initial Authority: Problems of Constitutional Coherence,” Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, vol. 13 (2004), pp. 515-45.

Wayne D. Moore, “From Roots to Branches and Back: Popular Sovereignty Within Constitutional Theory,” The Good Society, vol. 13 (2004), pp. 15-20.

Wayne D. Moore, “Taking a Stand for Speech,” Magazine of History, vol. 9 (1995), pp. 19-25.

Book Chapters

Wayne D. Moore, “(Re)Construction of Constitutional Authority and Meaning: The Fourteenth Amendment and Slaughter-House Cases,” in Ronald Kahn and Ken. I. Kersch, eds., The Supreme Court and American Political Development (University Press of Kansas, 2006).

Wayne D. Moore, “Constitutional Citizenship,” in Sotirios A. Barber and Robert P. George. eds., Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change (Princeton University Press, 2001).

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