Mignon R. Moore

Mignon R. Moore

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Sociology, Special Advisor to the Office of the President, Barnard College




332B Milbank Hall
Meetings will take place in the Barnard Sociology department, Milbank 332B, unless a request for a virtual meeting is made in advance.



Mignon R. Moore is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Sociology, and Special Advisor to the Office of the President, Barnard College. She has research and teaching interests in the sociology of family, qualitative methods, and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and aging. Although her work spans various age cohorts, socioeconomic categories, social environments, and methodological frameworks, it is united in its purpose to challenge those assumptions and paradigms drawn from the experiences of dominant racial and socioeconomic groups that cannot explain processes and outcomes for people who occupy alternative structural positions in society. She analyses race, gender, class, and sexuality not just as identity statuses but as 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 University of 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 Lesbian and Gay Elders, 1950-1979 (California Press). 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 minority women. 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. She was the 2021 President of Sociologists for Women in Society and is the Vice President of the American Sociological Association. During the 2022-23 academic year she is in residence as a Visiting Researcher at the Russell Sage Foundation.


  • 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)

  • 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

In The News

From tackling a research dilemma to envisioning her role as a campus leader, the sociologist is not afraid to explore a new angle. 

February 13, 2023

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March 7, 2022