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Student Research Conference

William V. Moore Student Research Conference

Moore Conference

About the Conference

The conference is an opportunity for advanced high school and undergraduate students to present research on a variety of topics, including Southern and South Carolina politics, civil rights, political extremism, educational opportunity and economic development, political communication, human geographies and world politics. The conference is held in honor of William V. Moore, Ph.D. and reflects Professor Moore’s passionate commitment to undergraduate education and improving political discourse and educational and economic opportunities for all South Carolinians.

The 9th annual Moore Student Research Conference will take place in the Stern Center on Friday, April 12, 2019.  Applications are due by March 15, 2019.  Questions about the conference can be directed to Dr. Mark Long ( or Dr. Jordan Ragusa (

A list of panels and panelists from the April 13, 2018 conference can be found here

This past year approximately 36 students representing a half-dozen majors and several high school seniors presented their research to peers, colleagues, and community members. Student panels are moderated by professors. Each year the conference closes with a luncheon where all participants are recognized and a few are presented with best paper awards. 

Recent keynote speakers have included:

2018 - Laura Cantral, Executive Director, Coastal Conservation League

2017 - Kayla Gilchrist, Community Organizer at Charleston Area Justice Ministry

2016 - Michelle Mapp, CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund

2015 - Sam Johnson, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

The conference is made possible by donations to the William V. Moore Memorial Fund and the Department of Political Science.

William V. Moore Student Research Conference Awards

About Bill Moore

In his 37-year career at the College of Charleston, Dr. Moore was a devoted teacher and mentor.  He was a true renaissance man, but he always identified himself as a teacher. He advised a large number of political science students and took on special responsibilities for student athletes, always mindful of the special challenges posed by pursuing both athletic and academic achievement.

Dr. Moore earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He was a well-known expert on South Carolina politics, Southern politics, and political extremism. He was the author of Political Extremism in the United States and co-author of South Carolina Politics and Government as well as numerous scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries and publications on Southern and extremist politics, civil rights, electoral politics, campaign spending, and intergovernmental relations.