Dr. David T. Moore

Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York, New York
United States

Focus Areas

Higher Education


David Thornton Moore, an anthropologist of education and work, studies the process by which people learn outside of classrooms, especially in workplaces. He has done extensive research and writing on experiential learning, internships, and service-learning at the high school and college levels. His work has been published in such journals as Harvard Educational Review, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Learning Inquiry; he is coauthor of Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform (RoutledgeFalmer, 2004) and author of Engaged Learning in the Academy: Challenges and Possibilities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Named Researcher of the Year by the National Society for Experiential Education in 2004, he has given invited talks on experiential learning at such schools as Williams College, Princeton University, Queens College, the University of Tampa, and the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai, and and was twice the keynote speaker at the Martha's Vineyard Institute on Experiential Education. His current research explores the relationship between learning in the workplace and learning in school, particularly the process by which one informs the other. A member of the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU since 1982, he has taught courses on the concepts of learning, community, and everyday life, as well as on research methods and the history of social thought. He is one of the organizers of Gallatin's Community Learning Initiative, and served for more than five years as the Associate Dean of the Gallatin School.