Associate Professor & Chair of Sociology, Barnard College
Topics of Expertise:
Adoption & Foster Care / African American Families / Aging / Division of Labor in Families / Gender & Sexuality / LGBTQ Partnering & Families / Race, Ethnicity & Culture / Step-Families
Mignon Moore received her PhD from the University of Chicago and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Barnard College-Columbia University. 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.
Moore, Mignon R and Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer. 2013. “LGBT Sexuality and Families at the Start of the 21st Century.” Annual Review of Sociology 39: 491-507.
Moore, Mignon R. 2011. Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women. University of California Press.
Moore, Mignon R. 2009. “Independent Women: Equality in African American Lesbian Relationships,” chapter 21 (pp. 214-227) in Families as They Really Are, edited by Barbara Risman. W.W. Norton.
Moore, Mignon R. 2008. “Gendered Power Relations among Women: A Study of Household Decision-Making in Black, Lesbian Stepfamilies.” American Sociological Review vol 73, 2: 335-356.
Moore, Mignon R. 2006. “Lipstick or Timberlands? Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities.” SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol 32, 1: 113-139.