Jim Moore, PhD

Associate Professor; Director of Political Outreach - Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.
UC Box 
Bates House 102
Areas I Teach 


Dr. Moore is the Acting Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Acting Director, School of Social Sciences through June 2024. He is teaching just a few classes.

Fall 2023

HUM 100 | Global ScholarsFirst Year Seminar, "Renaissance Florence"
POLS 497 | Senior Seminar and Thesis

Areas of Research & Specialization

Dr. Moore serves as the Director of Political Outreach for the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.

He teaches a variety of international classes at Pacific. His introductory class to international relations, the U.S. in World Affairs, studies Thucydides'  2,400-year-old History of the Peloponnesian War, as well as the daily New York Times. Other classes look at the Middle East, international political economy, and U.S. foreign policy and conflict.

Professor Moore's other teaching areas include state and local politics and political parties. He has helped place interns with political campaigns, government officials, and businesses all over the Pacific Northwest.


PhD in Political Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1995

Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, Calif., in 1986

Bachelor of Arts in History, Leland Stanford, Jr., University, Stanford, Calif., in 1981

Publications and Professional Work

Dr. Moore is writing a biography of Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's governor from 1979-1987. Atiyeh was the country's first Arab-American governor, he laid the ground for Oregon's high tech industry, and he was the last Republican to hold the gubernatorial office. 

Dr. Moore regularly gives talks on topics ranging from Oregon's tax structure and gubernatorial politics to international economics and the Middle East. You can catch him analyzing the political world on KOPB (91.5 FM) and KXL radio (101.1 FM), all in Portland.

He also reads and speaks several languages from around the Mediterranean.

Recent Media Appearances

Now interviewed more than 7500 times since 1991. Look for his analysis in articles in newspapers throughout the Pacific Northwest, on NPR and Portland's KOPB radio, KXL radio, and scattered through the national media (PBS, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox). He has even been quoted in the New York Times, Japan's largest newspaper and television network, Britain's Channel 4, and one of the largest daily newspapers in Santiago, Chile.

Extracurricular Activities

Dr. Moore, with his wife, travels regularly to foreign shores. Keep an eye out for his German socks featuring pretzels, beer steins, and wursts.


Ballot box walk in Trombley Square

The 2022 midterm election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and there are multiple resources on campus to ensure your voting experience is as easy as possible. 

Lorraine Basch and her parents

Lorraine Basch ‘17 has covered a lot of territory since she graduated from Pacific University. And she’s just getting started.

Jim Moore speaking

Political engagement tips from Pacific University's Dr. Jim Moore as written for The Oregon Way.

Portraits of Dick Anderson '72 and WInsvey Campos '17

Pacific University is well represented in the current Oregon legislative session, thanks to the first-time elections of a Republican senator and a Democratic representative.


Jim Moore

Pollsters overlooked some critical factors in the presidential election of 2016, said Pacific University Politics & Government Professor Jim Moore. They seem to have learned from those mistakes this time, he said.