Mignon R. Moore

Professor and Department Chair


Mignon R. Moore is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Barnard College. She has research and teaching interests in the sociology of family, race, gender, sexuality, qualitative methods, aging, and adolescence. Although her research spans various age cohorts, income ranges, social environments and methodological frameworks, it is united in its purpose to challenge those assumptions and paradigms drawn from the experiences of the dominant racial and socioeconomic group that cannot explain processes and outcomes for people who occupy a different structural position in society. She analyses race, gender, class and sexuality not just as identity statuses but structural locations that influence individual life chances and the ways individuals experience their social worlds.

Professor Moore’s first book, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women (2011 California Press) examined the intersection of race with sexual orientation for family-building and lesbian identity among African-American women. Her current research includes a new book project, In the Shadow of Sexuality: Social Histories of African American LGBT Elders, 1950-1975. This work builds on her prior training as a qualitative sociologist of racial and sexual minority populations, while incorporating new archival methods into her repertoire of research tools, to construct a sociocultural history of black sexual minorities. She has published on such topics as LGBT-parent families, adolescent sexual debut and pregnancy, intersectionality, research methods on hard-to-reach populations, and processes of aging and health for racial and ethnic minority seniors.

Academic Focus: 

Race, Family, LGBTQ Populations, Gender, Aging, Qualitative Research Methods


Sociology of African American Life

Advanced Topics in Race & Ethnicity

Sociology of Gender

Advanced Topics in Gender & Sexuality 

Gender and Inequality in Families

Race, Gender and Class

Awards & Honors: 

Eastern Sociological Society 2019 Robin L. Williams Lecturer

National Institutes of Health Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Award

Human Rights Campaign Award for LGBT Research on Racial Minorities

Columbia College Black Alumni Council Heritage Award

Columbia College Women Alumna Achievement Award


Professional Affiliations: 

American Sociological Association

Sociologists for Women in Society

Association of Black Sociologists

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Council on Contemporary Families

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 2-4pm and by appointment 332B Milbank


Ph.D. University of Chicago Department of Sociology (1998)


A.M. University of Chicago Department of Sociology (1994)


B.A. Columbia University Department of Sociology (1992)


Website: https://www.mignonmoore.com/


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