Patrick Moser, Ph.D.
Professor of French
Dr. Moser enjoys teaching courses in French, Writing, and Literature. His stories, essays, and travel writing—most of which focus on the history and culture of surfing—can be found at The Writing Disorder, The Surfer’s Journal, Kurungabaa, Bamboo Ridge, and Sport Literate. His latest academic articles appear in The Critical Surf Studies Reader and The Journal of the Polynesian Society. He has an article forthcoming in the Pacific Historical Review.
A native Californian, Moser has collaborated on two memoirs with world surfing champion Shaun Tomson: The Surfer’s Code, and The Code (for Young Adult readers). He is the editor of Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing. His essay “The Reports of Surfing’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” earned a “Notable” entry in Best American Sports Writing 2012. He is also the recipient of the Carol Houck Smith Fellowship in nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His current writing project is a memoir about caring for his father who suffered from dementia.
Dr. Moser has led six study abroad trips to Tours, France where students live with French families and enroll at the Institut de Touraine. He is the director of the C.W. Titus Foundation Scholarships which have funded more than 60 Drury students to study foreign language abroad.
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1989
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2007
Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1997
Drury University faculty member since 1998
Professor since 2012