Mignon R. Moore

Mignon R. Moore is Professor of Sociology at Barnard College and Columbia University, and chairs the sociology department at Barnard. Her areas of expertise are in the fields of family, race, gender, sexuality, aging and qualitative research methods. Professor Moore has received grants to support her research from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation, where she held a Visiting Scholar position. Her first book, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women, is a study of same-sex parent families. Her current research examines health and social support for sexual minority seniors to determine the ways community institutions can be of service to this population. She is preparing a new book-length manuscript on the social histories of LGBT seniors, tentatively titled In the Shadow of Sexuality: Social Histories of African American LGBT Elders, 1950-1979. Before joining Barnard in 2015 she was Associate Professor of Sociology at UCLA, where she co-directed the Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is past Chair of the Racial & Ethnic Minorities and Race, Gender & Class Sections of the American Sociological Association, and was recently elected to the Executive Council of the Association of Black Sociologists. Professor Moore is President-Elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society.

Research Interests

LGBT Populations


Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
Health and Retirement Study
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth or other NLS datasets