Mignon R. Moore

Associate Professor

Professor Moore has research and teaching interests in the sociology of family, race, gender, sexuality, qualitative methods, aging, and adolescence. Her 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 on the social histories of LGBT seniors in New York and Los Angeles, the negotiation of religious and community life for lesbians and gay men of faith, and the promotion of healthy aging for racial and ethnic minority elders. Before arriving at Barnard she was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles and at Columbia University.

Academic Focus: 

Sociology of Family, Race, Sexuality, Qualitative Methods, Gender, Aging, Adolescence


Sociology of African American Life

Advanced Topics in Race & Ethnicity

Sociology of Gender

Gender and Inequality in Families

Race, Gender and Class

Awards & Honors: 

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

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

Human Rights Campaign Award

Los Angeles City Council LGBT Heritage Award

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Award

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

Work-Family Research Network


Selected Publications

Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women. University of California Press.

LGBT Sexuality and Families at the Start of the 21st Century. Annual Review of Sociology 39: 491-507 (with Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer)

Gendered Power Relations among Women: A Study of Household Decision-Making in Lesbian Stepfamilies. American Sociological Review, 73, 2: 335-356.

Race and Ethnicity in the Lives of Sexual Minority Parents and their Children. In LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice.  A. Goldberg and K. Allen (Eds.), pp. 133-148. NY: Springer (with Amy Brainer)

Intersectionality and the Study of Black, Sexual Minority Women. Gender & Society 26, 1: 33-39

Articulating a Politics of (Multiple) Identities: Sexuality and Inclusion in Black Community Life. DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 7, 2: 1-20.

Lipstick or Timberlands?  Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities. SIGNS:  Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 32, 1: 113-139

Socially Isolated? How Parents and Neighborhood Adults Influence Youth Behavior in Disadvantaged Communities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26, 6:  988-1005

Sexual Intercourse and Pregnancy among African-American Girls in High-Poverty Neighborhoods: The Role of Family and Perceived Community Environment.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 63: 1146-1157 (with P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale)

Intraracial Diversity and Relations among African Americans:  A Case Study of Feelings of Closeness among Black Students at a Predominantly White University.” American Journal of Sociology 106, 1: 1-39 (with Sandra Smith)


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)

In the News

Five students from the Class of 2021 come clean about their first year at Barnard.