James F. Moyer received a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University and an M.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His dissertation, The Passion of Abolitionism: How Slave Martyrdom Obscures Slave Labor, examines the incongruity of abolitionist and worker-advocacy discourses in 18th- and 19th-century Anglophone debates over slavery.
Dr. Moyer has published on film theory, the poetry and art of William Blake, and philosophy's role in the critique of fine art; and has publicly presented on the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu. A songwriter and screenwriter, he is creating an album of songs and has written two screenplays.
Dr. Moyer teaches at Moore College of Art and Design in addition to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he joined the faculty in 2015.