Outstanding Grad: Jacob Howard Moore

Jacob Howard Moore portrait
Jacob Howard Moore

Colorado native Jacob Howard Moore had no intention of staying in state for his undergraduate education. Accepted into Cornell University, he was preparing to move to New York to start a new chapter. But when he was offered the prestigious Monfort Scholarship, which guarantees full tuition and a generous living stipend for four years at Colorado State University, Moore decided to attend CSU.

Moore was in the Honors Program and maintained a 4.0 grade average while majoring in both economics and history with a minor in mathematics.

“Admittedly, I took a little while to warm up to the idea of studying at CSU, but after my experience here I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else,” said Moore.

Moore is motivated by a desire to understand how society functions, both in the contemporary and historical sense. In addition to his coursework, he has engaged in research in the College of Liberal Arts, working as a research assistant for the Regional Economic Development Institute under the direction of Professor Stephan Weiler. His research with REDI helped him to think consciously about how space and geography influence economic outcomes.

“Many people are focused on the who and what,” said Moore. “But I am much more concerned with the how and why. Both history and mathematics have informed my understanding of economics, giving me a solid interdisciplinary foundation and allowing me to pursue answers to these bigger questions.”

In addition to his work in economics, Moore is also producing a history thesis under the supervision of Professor Ann Little. After studying abroad at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom during the fall of his junior year, he became fascinated by his history sequence on English witchcraft. This semester, he has expanded upon this interest, researching the role of animals in cases of witchcraft during the Puritan era in New England.

“Jake is the strongest undergraduate student I’ve ever worked with in 22 years of faculty life at four different institutions,” said Little. “His commitment to intellectual life and research surpasses that of many faculty I know.”

Following graduation from in May, Moore will be returning to Oxford to pursue a master’s degree in economics.

“CSU has truly prepared me to take on the world, and I look forward to the continued support from the faculty that I have built such close relationships with,” said Moore.