Dr Tod Moore

Dr Tod Moore

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Politics)

Out of the dust: Pamphlets and political pandemonium

Digging deep into the literary archives, Dr Tod Moore is seeking to understand and stimulate discussion about how contemporary politics has come to be.

Tod Moore

Unlike many political scientists, who study pieces of legislation, policy documents, speeches made by elected leaders and other ideas in politics as they’re happening, Dr Tod Moore looks at the bigger picture – the thoughts and feelings that people express about politics on a meta level.

“At any given time, there will be quite a lot of us who have opinions about why things aren’t working in government and how things should be changed,” he suggests.

“I am always looking for these narratives, particularly in pamphlets.”

Problems with power

Tod’s research career began in 1990, when he commenced a PhD at the University of New England. Chiefly focusing on peace, the six-year probe sought to investigate the origin and evolution of sovereignty theory.

“I specifically studied the writers who invented it,” he recalls.

“The aim was to understand exactly what these English language sources were making of the idea when it first arose in the Late Renaissance.”

“In the end, I found that they were relatively uninterested in the notion and I concluded that that was because they had already been using it without necessarily knowing or realising for over a century.”

“So it wasn’t a surprise to them when it was first articulated.”

Picking up the keys to a bookshop after receiving his award in 1996, Tod looked to “get away” from academia for a little while. The animated scholar didn’t stray for too long, however, welcomed back into the fold at Griffith University in 2001.

“I then accepted a Research Fellowship at Monash University in Melbourne,” he elaborates.

“During this period, I worked with Professor James Walter on a book titled ‘What were they thinking?’ which is about the different currents of thought in Australian politics.”

“We actually found that our country has a long tradition of being creative with the subject.”

“To some extent, all of us had forgotten about this, however, especially considering the rise of various free market ideologies in the 1990s.”

“The disconnect was and continues to be very interesting.”

War and words

Tod relocated to the University of Newcastle in 2004, signing on to be a casual academic and then lecturer within its Business School. He began with an examination of approximately 100 pamphlets that were printed in London during the English Revolution (1642-51), and followed it up with a number of successful projects, most recently exploring intellectuals’ reactions to World War 1.

“I am also in the process of wrapping up an assignment on William Harrison Moore, who was a Cambridge man and the first professor to teach political science in Australia,” he shares.

“He wrote a chapter on the study of Australian government in 1913, which was published a year later and given to the delegates of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Congress.”

“It is clearly a foundation text but no one has studied it in depth until now.”

A celebrated wordsmith and workhorse, Tod is currently following the social media campaigns of Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom.

“These openly socialist candidates are receiving enormous amounts of support, particularly from young voters,” he comments.

“A lot of that is surfacing through Twitter and Facebook.”

“There’s really no difference between analysing old political pamphlets that were written centuries ago and analysing blogs that were written and uploaded yesterday.”

The future of preserving the past

In the longer term, Tod is planning to develop his ongoing research on some of the early Marxist documents that were published in Australia between 1900-10 – the period immediately before WW1.

“Other writers who have studied the philosophical tradition have never been able to figure out with clarity what its different factions were,” he explains.

“This is largely because there isn’t a lot of readily available information out there.”

“What I’ve been able to do over the years, however, is track down dozens of pamphlets by tracing the printers, not the authors.”

“Doing so has allowed me to cluster the groups in a much more satisfactory way.”

At the same time believing that we need to be “more aware” of these historical treasures, Tod is encouraging all of us to get involved in conservation efforts too.

“They tell us what the basic ideas of our evolving social consciousness actually are - where they come from and how they’ve changed,” he insists.

“A lot are disappearing though.”

“Many are printed on acid paper so they are literally crumbling.”

“It’s important that everyone work together to salvage as much as possible.”

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Tod Moore

Out of the dust: Pamphlets and political pandemonium

Digging deep into the literary archives, Dr Tod Moore is seeking to understand and stimulate discussion about how contemporary politics has come to be.

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Career Summary

Biography

Since my full time appointment in 2010, I have remained research oriented. I previously worked with Prof. Graham Maddox at UNE and then with Prof. James Walter at Monash before coming to Newcastle. Articles in A journals (both sole and co-authored), book chapters, and refereed conference papers, all solidify scholarship in Australian political ideas, Australian federal politics, history of political thought, and sovereignty theory in IR. Recent work combines sovereignty research with history of political thought to examine the nature and significance of liberal imperialism across time. Current projects involve Australian federalism, history of Australian political science, the Occupy Movement, and pamphlets of World War One and the Great Depression. Since 2009 I have been responsible for establishing and coordinating our large POLI3001 capstone course in business and government, and teaching comparative politics and IR courses. I am also involved in HONS and RHD supervision.

Research Expertise

History of political thought, History of Australian political thought, Puritanism and politics in the 1640s, sovereignty theory, Australian political pamphlets, Australian federalism, and Australian ideologies.

Teaching Expertise
international relations (IR), comparative politics, business and politics, Australian politics, Australian political culture, Marxist theory.

Administrative Expertise
Since 2014 I have been Head of Discipline in the Discipline of Politics, Policy, and International Relations.

Collaborations
Invited speaker on federalism at recent conferences. Also maintaining contacts with a number of historians of Australian political thought and IR. Regular at APSA Conferences. Please email me if you want to discuss recent publications or research.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England

Keywords

  • Australian political thought
  • Australian politics
  • comparative politics
  • federalism
  • history of political thought
  • international relations
  • politics & business
  • sovereignty theory

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy 45
160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified 50
220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified 5

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2002 - 1/12/2003 Research Assistant (Academic) Monash University
Political and Social Inquiry
Australia
1/08/2001 - 1/09/2002 Senior Research Assistant Griffith University
PVC Unit (Humanities), Mt Gravatt
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Moore TW, Williams H, 'Class and Courage: Anti-conscriptionists in the Hunter, 1916', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney 60-68 (2015) [B1]
2013 Maddox G, Moore TW, 'Mainline Calvinists, Pamphlets and Democracy in Revolutionary Britain 1641-1646', Not So Strange Bedfellows, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 26-44 (2013) [B1]
2010 Moore TW, 'A civic order', What Were They Thinking? : The Politics of Ideas in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney 133-174 (2010) [B1]
2010 Moore TW, 'Life is not meant to be easy', What Were They Thinking? : The Politics of Ideas in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney 248-288 (2010) [B1]
2005 Moore TW, 'Unificationism in Australian Political Thought', A Passion for politics: essays in honour of Graham Maddox, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales 75-85 (2005) [B1]
1997 Moore TW, Maddox G, 'In Defence of Parliamentary Sovereignty', Power, Parliament and the People, Federation Press, Sydney 67-83 (1997)
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Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Moore TW, 'Saving Private Hegel: Australian Liberalism and the 1914¿1918 War', Australian Journal of Politics & History, 61 501-514 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12115
2015 Moore T, 'Liberal Imperialism in Australian Political Thought, 1902¿14', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 43 58-79 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03086534.2014.941167
2012 Moore TW, 'The 'Morpeth Mind' and Australian politics 1927-1934', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58 20-33 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2011 Moore TW, 'Indivisible sovereignty: A reply to Pitty and Smith', Australian Journal of Political Science, 46 551-553 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2011.596145
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Moore TW, Maddox G, 'Participation, democracy, and the split in revolutionary Calvinism, 1641-1646', Nebula, 7 103-113 (2010) [C1]
2009 Moore TW, 'Violations of sovereignty and regime engineering: A critique of the State Theory of Stephen Krasner', Australian Journal of Political Science, 44 497-511 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10361140903067268
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2006 Moore T, Walter J, 'State socialism in australian political thought: A reconsideration', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY, 52 13-29 (2006)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2006.00405a.x
Citations Web of Science - 2
2004 Moore TW, 'Melbourne and Mars: the Australian All Electric Communist Utopia', Labour History: a journal of labour and social history, No. 87 209-220 (2004) [C1]
1998 Moore T, Bourke S, Maddox G, 'Australia and the emergence of the modern two-party system', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY, 44 17-31 (1998)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8497.00002
Citations Web of Science - 1
1995 Moore TW, Maddox G, 'Rights, Jurisdiction and Responsible Government - the Spectre of Capital Television', Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 33 400-415 (1995)
1993 Moore TW, 'Recycling Aristotle: the sovereignty theory of Richard Hooker.', History of Political Thought, 14 345-359 (1993)
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Moore TW, 'Kevin Rudd's Monthly essay and the essaying of an Australian tradition of political thought', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009: Refereed Papers (2009) [E1]
2008 Moore TW, 'McMockracy and sovereignty lite: The organised world of Stephen Krasner', APSA 2008: Abstracts and Refereed Papers (2008) [E1]
2007 Jose JW, Moore TW, 'The concept 'governance' within Parliamentary Discourse 1983-93', Australasian Political Studies Association Conference. Refereed Papers (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Jim Jose
2006 Moore TW, 'The 'Morpeth Mind' and Australian Politics 1927-1934', APSA Conference 2006 (2006) [E1]
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Moore TW, 'Australasian political thought (Australia And New Zealand)', Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought ( pp.47-54). Thousand Oaks, CA: QC Press (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $15,000

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20141 grants / $10,000

Effects of the First Great Depression on Australian Political Ideas (1930-1935)$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tod Moore
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301388
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $5,000

The debate that tore Australia apart: reviewing conscription pamphlets 1916-1917.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tod Moore
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100189
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current10

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD4.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Caracas' Urban Poor: Contesting the Meaning and the Making of Politics (2006 to Present)
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Endless Backlash, Endless Revolt: Women and Subjectivity under Austerity, and Prospects for Refusal
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Tribes and Intrastate Conflict : Using Indigenous Methods for Conflict Resolution in Pakistan's Tribal Frontier
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Iran's Role in Reduction of Terrorism in Both Middle East and Global Level
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Participation of the People: The Confrontational 'Us and Them' Dynamics in Venezuela
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Resource Politics: Foreign Investors, the State and Traditional Landowners in the Development of Mineral Resources in Papua New Guinea: A Case Study of the Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang Province
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Australia¿s Dirty Green Politics and the Future for Energy Security: Why it¿s `Not Easy Being Green¿ in a Dangerous World
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Sovereignty in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Transitional Administration or Colony in Denial
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Toward a Cooperative Eastern Central Europe
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Energy Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Threat to Middle Eastern Security or an Opportunity for Peace
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Building States, Failing Nations: The Failure of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Iraq
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Grappling with the Democratic Transition: Parliamentary Accountability and the House of Representatives of Zanzibar, Tanzania
PhD (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Tod Moore

Position

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Politics

Contact Details

Email tod.moore@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5072
Fax (02) 4921 6911

Office

Room SRS242
Building Social Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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