Patrick Moser, Ph.D.

Portrait of Patrick Moser.

Office: Pearsons Hall 320
Phone: (417) 873-6957

Spring 2024 Office Hours

1 – 3 p.m.

1 – 4 p.m.

1 – 4 p.m.

Also available by appointment.

Patrick Moser, Ph.D.

Professor of French
Dr. Moser enjoys teaching courses in Creative Writing, Literature, and French. A native Californian, much of his own writing focuses on the history of surfing and California beach culture. His latest book, Waikīkī Dreams: How California Appropriated Hawaiian Beach Culture, tells the story of California beach culture from 1920 through World War Two. The volume joins his Surf and Rescue: George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture, which the Library Journal listed as one of the “Best Books of 2022” in the Arts and Humanities. Moser’s essays and stories also appear in TEXTThe Writing DisorderKurungabaaThe Surfer’s Journal, and Bamboo Ridge. His latest academic articles appear in The Journal of the Polynesian Society and Pacific Historical Review.
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 also the editor of Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing, a recipient of the Carol Houck Smith Fellowship in nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library.
Dr. Moser has led numerous study abroad trips to Tours, France where students live with French families and enroll at the Institut de Touraine. He is the faculty advisor for the Drury Writing Club and the faculty coordinator for tutoring on campus.
Drury University faculty member since 1998
Professor since 2012


  • B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1989
  • M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1997