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Laura M. Moore

Laura M. Moore

Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department

Tel: 301-696-3752
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 313
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Louisiana State University

Courses recently taught

  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 261 Quantitative Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOC 311 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 323 Ethnicity in the United States
  • SOC 353 Deviance and Social Control

Other courses taught

  • SOC 215 Social Problems
  • SOC 216 Criminology
  • SOC 308 Masculinity
  • SOC 310 Topics: Sociology of Family
  • SOC 318 Global Problems
  • SOC 320 Skills Workshop: Career Preparation
  • SOC 330 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 470 Seminar in Sociology
  • HON 201 Honors Colloquium: Global Sexualities
  • HON 201 Honors Colloquium: Globalization, Human Rights and Gender
  • HON 470 Seminar in Honors: Censorship and Eroticism
  • HON 470 Seminar in Honors: Sexuality
  • WMST 200 Methods of Women's Studies


Laura Moore, Ph.D., is associate professor of sociology. Professor Moore earned a master's and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park with specializations in stratification as well as gender, work and family. Prior to joining Hood College in 2002, she taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has won several teaching awards including the Hood College Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. She co-coordinated the Women's Studies minor from 2003-2009.

Professor Moore has co-authored, presented, and published several articles examining how religious and educational contexts inform individuals' attitudes about gender and sexuality. She is currently researching how the proportion of evangelical Protestants and college graduates in an area has influenced Americans' shifting attitudes regarding homosexuality over the past four decades and the effects of higher education on evangelical Protestants' tolerance levels and abortion attitudes.


  • Moore, Laura. 2016. "Homophobia and Heterosexism." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, ed. by Bryan S. Turner. John Wiley & Sons Limited.
  • Moore, Laura. 2014. "Intersexuality." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition ed. by George Ritzer.Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Ovadia, Seth and Laura Moore. 2010. "Decomposing the Moral Community: Religious Contexts and Teen Childbearing." City and Community 9: 320-334.
  • Moore, Laura and Seth Ovadia. 2006. "Accounting for Spatial Variation in Tolerance: The Effects of Education and Religion." Social Forces 84: 2205-2222.
  • Moore, Laura and Reeve Vanneman. 2003. "Context Matters: Proportion Fundamentalist Effects on Gender Attitudes." Social Forces 82:115-139.

Selected presentations

  • "'Such a Crusade': Contextual Effects of Evangelical Protestantism on Americans' Attitudes toward Homosexuality, 1973-2010." 7th Annual International Conference on Sociology, Athens, Greece, May 2013.
  • "Educational Influences on Evangelicals' Abortion Attitudes: A Multi-level Analysis." Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2012.
  • "Evangelicalism, Higher Education and Tolerance: The Consequences of Engaged Orthodoxy." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2009 (with Seth Ovadia).