Rebecca Moore has more than thirty years experience teaching, publishing, editing, and lecturing in a variety of settings. She earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University and has taught as a professor at Montana State University and the University of North Dakota. She retired from San Diego State University in 2015, where she taught for more than 16 years and served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Classics and Humanities.
As Professor Emerita of Religion at San Diego State University she maintains an active research and publication schedule. She is currently Reviews Editor for Nova Religio, the quarterly journal on new and emergent religions published by University of California Press. She also co-manages the digital archives Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple and co-directs the Women in the World's Religions and Spirituality Project.
Dr. Moore studies New Religious Movements, where she has concentrated on interpreting Peoples Temple and the events at Jonestown, Guyana that occurred in November 1978. A brief listing of links to articles appears here. Additional research appears in the book Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple (Praeger, revised paperback 2018). She has also written and published extensively on religion and violence, see e.g. "Violence and New Religions" in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia. The Politics of Peoples Temple and the Deaths in Jonestown will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.
An expert in the history of Christianity, in 2015 she published Women in Christian Traditions, a feminist analysis of the role women have played in the development of Christianity (NYU Press). Her narrative anthology, Voices of Christianity: A Global Introduction (McGraw Hill 2006), come out in a revised second edition from Herder and Herder/Crossroad in 2018.
Her current research examines contemporary Jewish and Christian relations, with a book coming out in Fall 2021—A Blessing to Each Other: A New Account of Jewish and Christian Relations (Herder and Herder/Crossroad, 2021)..
Writer and Editor
Author of more than ten books, dozens of scholarly articles, and hundreds of reviews, encyclopedia entries, and news items. Currently Reviews Editor for Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, where she served as Co-General Editor (2000-2010) and on the Executive Advisory Committee.
Dr. Moore has taught at the university level for more than twenty-five years and has given hundreds of public presentations and lectures to a variety of audiences.