G.alexander Moore

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Columbia University, 1/1966
  • M.A. Anthropology, Columbia University, 1/1963
  • A.B. History and Literature of Spain, Harvard College, 6/1958
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 09/01/1978 –
    • Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida, 09/01/1969 – 08/31/1978
    • Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and Sociology, Emory University, 09/01/1967 – 08/31/1969
    • Instructor in Educational Studies and Sociology, Emory University, 09/01/1965 – 08/31/1967
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Moore researches anthropology and education, political anthropology, urban anthropology, ethnographic film, and film criticism. He has a regional interest in Latin America. Currently, Moore is working on Jungle Book: Viewing the Yanomami in Print and through the Camera, a study of the ethnographies of the Yanomami Indians as seen in film contrasted with the written portraits.

    He has researched and written about life cycles in Alotenango, including the diverse careers of Guatemalans. As a cultural anthropoligist, he has conducted a field study of human beings.

    Research Keywords

    Anthropology and Education, Political Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Ethnographic Film, Film Criticism, Latin America, Panama, Guatemala, Turkey

  • USC Funding

    • Sabbatical, Faculty Development Account. An instructional-didactic film of the Inna Suid, a Kuna female coming of age ceremony: Travel to Panama to work with Kuna informants to start the process of reducing a four hour rough cut (of some 40 hrs of tape) of a Kuna ceremony into a 50 minute version., $5000, Fall 2008
  • Conference Presentations

    • Ethnographic film and the academy: pioneers and one anthropological film program, a reflexive account , 105th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological AssociationTalk/Oral Presentation, Association of Senior Anthropologists, Invited, San Jose, California, 11/18/2006
    • Whither the Inna Suid?: the Prospects of a Woman’s Coming of Age Ceremony in Times of Change , Panama: Defending Indigenous Lands, Language, and CultureLecture/Seminar, Museum of Man, 13th Latin American Symposium, Invited, San Diego, CA, 04/02/2006

    Other Presentations

    • Introduction: Bright Leaves (2003, Ross McElwee, 105 Min.) screening, Frameworks: A Documentary Film Series, Leavey Auditorium, 2007-2008
    • Contrasting Structures & Symbols: The US, British, and Canadian Constittutions, 2007 USC Constitution Day Event, Ground Zero Coffee House, USC, 2007-2008
    • Re: People vs. Dolores Lopez, Superior Court of Los Angeles
      Report to the Public Defender on Hispanic (Mesoamerican) attitudes toward chili peppers, stinging nettles, stinging punishments, and attitudes toward sexual activities by underage daughters.ms,10 pp.ss.
  • Book

    • Moore, G. (1999). 1999 Life Cycles in Alotenango: The Diverse Careers of Certain Guatemalans, Ethnographics Monograph series, 12, Gary Seaman, ed., Ethnographics Press, University of Southern California. (Gary Seaman, Ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Ethnographics Press.
    • Moore, G. (1998). 1998 Cultural Anthropology: The Field Study of Human Beings, revised 2nd ed., San Diego, California: Collegiate Press.
    • Moore, G. (1992). Cultural Anthropology: The Field Study of Human Beings. San Diego, CA: Collegiate Press.
    • Moore, G. (1978). Cultural Anthropology. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
    • Moore, G. (1973). Life Cycles in Atchalán: The Diverse Careers of Certain Guatemalans. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
    • Moore, G. (1967). Realities of the Urban Classroom: Observations in Elementary Schools. New York, NY: Doubleday Anchor.
    • Moore, G. (1964). Urban School Days: Selected Days in Urban Elementary School Life. New York, NY: Project True, Hunter College, City University of New York.

    Book Chapters

    • Moore, G. (2008). Foreword, Discourse, Symbols, and Meanings in Organizational Culture, Recto, Normita G. and Nanette G. Dungo, eds. pp. x-xv. Manila, Philippines: University of the Philippines, Asian Studies Center.
    • Moore, G. (2006). Human Activity and a Theory of Schooling: an Assessment of Solon Kimball’s Anthropology of Education, IN Jill Chernoff and Eve Hochwald, eds. Visionary Obervers: Anthropological Inquiry and Education. pp. 167-94. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

    Journal Article

    • Moore, G. (2009). Huele de Noche—Night Blooming Jasmine: Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán, México Directed by Michele Feder-Nadoff, 2005, 33 minutes, color. Distributed by CUENTOS Foundation, 6321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660, www.cuentosfoundation.org.25:1,99-100. Visual Anthropology Review. Vol. 25 (1), pp. 99-100.
  • Administrative Appointments

    • Interim Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 2009-2010
    • Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 07/15/1995 – 08/25/2001
    • Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, 06/15/1980 – 12/31/1986


    • Member, Board of Directors, Canterbury USC (Episcopal Student Ministry), 09/01/1997 –

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

    • Report to LA County Defense Attorneys on attitudes toward chili peppers, 2008-2009
    • Interview, “En Contexto” Telemundo 52, about Mayan calendar, in Spanish, – 07/21/2009
    • Interview: Taboo5 Series, National Geogaphic Channel -TV, 07/11/2008
    • Interview: TV Azteca, El calendario maya 2012 (in Spanish), 04/15/2008

    Other Service to the University

    • Fellow, North Residential College, 2008-2009
    • Caribbean Studies Initiative Event: Discussed US policy toward Cuba, 10/22/2008