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.
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
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
American Sociological Association
Sociologists for Women in Society
Association of Black Sociologists
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Council on Contemporary Families
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