Associate Professor Colin Moore


Professor Moore is currently serving as Director of the Public Policy Center


I grew up in a small town at the northern tip of California’s Central Valley where the fast-food nation meets the great American wilderness. After finishing high school, I left California to attend college and graduate school in Philadelphia and Boston. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009, where my dissertation, “Institutions of Empire,” won the American Political Science Association’s Burnham Award for the best dissertation in politics and history. Prior to joining the faculty at UH-Mānoa, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Heath Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Interests

My scholarship focuses on American political development, public bureaucracies, health policy, and the theoretical and historical analysis of institutional change. I am currently completing a book manuscript on the acquisition and governance of American overseas colonies after the Spanish-American War. Along with this ongoing work on American imperialism, I have started a new project on the politics and development of the veterans' health care system.


Curriculum Vitae