Professor Leonard N. Moore

Professor Leonard N. Moore

University of Texas at Austin


  • George Littlefield Professor of American History, University of Texas at Austin, 2007 to 2021
  • VP for Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Executive Director, HBCU Initiative, University of Texas at Austin
  • Professor, History, Louisiana State University, 1998 to 2007
  • Director, African and African American Studies Program, Louisiana State University
  • Director, Pre-Doctoral Scholar’s Institute, Louisiana State University
  • Chairman of the Board, Austin Area Urban League


  • PhD, Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 1998
  • BA, Jackson State University, 1993


  • Recipient of the Holleran Steiker Award for Creative Student Engagement, 2020
  • Recipient of the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
  • Texas Top 10 Best Professors, 2015
  • Recipient of the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, 2013
  • Recipient of the John Warfield Teaching Award, 2008
  • Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer

Leonard N. Moore is the George Littlefield Professor of American History and the former vice-president of diversity and community engagement. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his B.A. from Jackson State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1998. From 1998-2007 he was a professor at Louisiana State University and he has been at UT-Austin since 2007. At the University of Texas, he teaches a class on the Black Power Movement and a signature course titled "Race in the Age of Trump." In the fall semester, he teaches more than 1,000 students across both courses. He also directs study abroad programs in Cape Town, Beijing, and Dubai. Since 2013, he has taken more than 400 students abroad.


Professor Moore is the author of four books on Black politics, Teaching Black History to White People (University of Texas Press, 2021), The Defeat of Black Power: Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972 (Louisiana State University Press, 2018), Black Rage in New Orleans: Police Brutality and African American Activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), and Carl B. Stokes and the Rise of Black Political Power in America (University of Illinois Press, 2002).


He is currently working on two book projects:

The Ghosts of Bear Bryant: The Dilemma of Race and College Football

They Cheer for Man U in the Townships: Race and the English Premier League

My Courses

Black Power Movement

by Professor Leonard Moore

Civil Rights Movement

by Professor Leonard Moore

Jim Crow Era

by Professor Leonard Moore

Why we love teaching history
Q: Why do you love teaching religion and politics?

A: I love teaching the history of religion and politics in America because there is no better way to shed light the confusing culture wars of our own time. Plus, this history lets us explore the spiritual practices and philosophies that different Americans have used to impose some kind of order on the chaos of life—and I think its our passion for ideas, for sweeping theories about good and evil and the meaning of existence, that make us human.
Professor Molly Worthen

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Q: Why do you love teaching national defense?

A: I am first and foremost a historian, but I also like for students to see how much the past is constantly influencing what we do in the present. This is true in many aspects of our past (and present), but it is often strikingly visible in national defense and security issues. In one sense, I’m using the students’ awareness of and interest in the present to awaken an interest in the past.
Professor Watne Lee

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill