Diane L. Moore, PhD

Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Harvard Divinity School

Diane L. Moore focuses her research on enhancing the public understanding of religion through education from the lens of critical theory.

Her current project is a multiyear collaboration with educators and other professionals to create resources to better understand the intersections of religion, conflict, and human rights in contemporary world affairs.

She is the director of the Religious Literacy Project, coordinator for the Extension School's Religious Studies and Education Certificate, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Religion and Education and the British Journal of Religious Education. Moore served as the chair of the American Academy of Religion's Task Force on Religion in the Schools, which conducted a three-year initiative to establish guidelines for teaching about religion in K-12 public schools. Her book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education was published by Palgrave in 2007.

In 2014 she received the Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School and the Griffiths award from the Connecticut Council for Interfaith Understanding for her work promoting the public understanding of religion. In 2005-06 she was one of two professors chosen by Harvard Divinity School (HDS) students as HDS Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Moore was also on the faculty at Phillips Andover Academy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies until 2013. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


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