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E. Moore Quinn

Professor of Anthropology

Address: 88 Wentworth Street, Room 200
Phone: 843.953.7306


Ph.D., Anthropology, Brandeis University

M.A., Anthropology, Brandeis University

M.L.A., Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Irish and Irish American Studies
  • The history and politics of representation
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Language and gender
  • Theme tourism in Ireland
  • Expressive culture
  • The theory and teaching of visual ethnography

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 101:  Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 205:  Language and Culture
  • ANTH 326:  Peoples and Cultures of Europe
  • ANTH 329:  Special Topics- Peoples & Cultures of Ireland
  • ANTH 341:  Culture and the Individual
  • ANTH 352:  Folklore of Ireland and the British Isles
  • HONS 381:  Irish Language and Culture from Ancient Times to the Present

Honors and Awards

Nominee, South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s “Preserving Our Places in History” Project Award for producing the documentary “Stay in de Boat”, 2011.

Book-length Manuscript Nominee, American Conference for Irish Studies Murphy Prize, 2010.

Nominee, ExCEL Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charleston, 2010.

Nominee, Distinguished Research Award, College of Charleston, 2010.



Irish American Folklore in New England. Supported in part by a grant from the Irish American Cultural Institute. Bethesda, Palo Alto, and Dublin: Academica Press, Inc, 2009.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Computing Cultural and Linguistic Survival: A Case Study of Student Filmmaking in the Digital Age.” Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education, and Problem-Solving (IREPS), An on-line digital publication. The 3rd International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics, and tics (IMCIC), Orlando, Florida, March 25-28, 2012.

Motivating Mental Clicks: A Case Study in the Use of Interdisciplinary Resources for the Successful Implementation of Distance Education Learning and the Advancement of Analogical Thinking.” International Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication (IDREC), An on-line digital publication. The 3rd International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics, and Cybernetics (IMCIC), Orlando, Florida, March 25-28, 2012.

“’She must have come steerage:’ The Great Famine in New England Folk Memory.”  In An Gorta Mór: Relief, Representation and Remembrance: Ireland’s Great Hunger, Volume II, ed. David A. Valone, 161-180. University Press of America, 2010.

“’All the Themes of Hagiography”: An Turas Cholm Cille Revisited” New Hibernia Review 14:4:9-26 (Winter 2010).

“Introduction: The Irish in the American Civil War,” Irish Studies Review 18/2:135-138, 2010.

“‘I’m trying very hard to be powerful nice’: the Correspondence of Sister M. De Sales (Brennan) during the American Civil War.” Irish Studies Review 18/2:213-233, 2010.

“Taking Northern Irish Identity On the Road: The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival of 2007.” In Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, ed. Sara Brady and Fintan Martin Walsh, 213-224. New York: Palgrave, 2009.

“’Big Men’ Stumbling: Dilemmas in Ethno-Accountability in Anthropology. Practicing Anthropology 29:3:27-30, 2007.

“Introduction: Engagement, Accountability and Ethnography in Applied Practice.” Practicing Anthropology 29:3 (summer; with Diane Austin), 2007.

Book Chapters and Reviews

“Toasting King William and ‘Cushla-mo-cree’: Irish Verbal Art in 18th Century America.” To appear in Consuming St. Patrick’s Day, a publication of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (United Kingdom), Jonathan Skinner and Dom Ryan, editors.

Review of Irish Feminisms 1810-1930, edited by Mary S. Pierce. Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2012.

Review of Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West 1845-1910 by David M. Emmons (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press). To appear in Irish Studies Review, 2012.

Review of Gender and Politeness by Sara Mills. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 17:1, 2008.


“Sharing Histories and Linking Communities Across Bridges and Borders: The Strength and Promise of Irish Cross-Community Networks.” Research Report and Evaluation of the History Links Project. October 2011. Available at:

“The Utilization of Personal and Communal Archives to Promote Peace in Ireland: A Report from the Field” South Carolina Diocesan Archives Newsletter (September 2010).

Panel Conference Report: “New Pedagogies of Expressive Culture: Interpreting Technologies and Broadening Horizons.” Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Newsletter 150: 4-5, 2009.