Patrick Moser, Ph.D.
Professor of French
Dr. Moser writes on the French Renaissance, especially issues of cultural identity. His articles on Michel de Montaigne explore how the essayist breaks away from the influence of Greek and Roman writers and establishes his own identity as a particularly French writer. His articles have appeared in The French Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and Montaigne Studies.
Dr. Moser enjoys teaching courses in French, Writing, and Literature. He has led five 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.
A native Californian, Dr. Moser also writes on the history and culture of surfing, focusing on how the sport has been transformed by the various cultures it passes through, and how surfing itself transforms these cultures. He is the editor of Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008) and has collaborated on two books with 1977 world surfing champion Shaun Tomson: The Code: The Power of “I Will” (Gibbs Smith, 2013) and Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life (Gibbs Smith, 2006). Dr. Moser is currently writing a history of surfing from 1778 to 1940.
His additional writing on surfing has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Sport Literate, Kurungabaa, and Bamboo Ridge. His essay “The Reports of Surfing’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” earned a “Notable” entry in Best American Sports Writing 2012. He is the recipient of the Carol Houck Smith Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (2012).
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