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Laura M. Moore


Laura M. Moore

Associate Professor of Sociology

Tel: 301-696-3752
Email: moore@hood.edu
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 313
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment

Education

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

Courses recently taught

  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 215 Social Problems
  • SOC 261 Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOC 311 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 323 Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • SOC 353 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 470 Seminar in Sociology
  • HON 201 Honors Colloquium: Global Sexualities

Other courses taught

  • SOC 216 Criminology
  • SOC 310 Topics: Sociology of Family
  • SOC 308 Masculinity
  • SOC 330 Sociology of Law
  • 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

Biography

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.

Research and teaching interests

Laura Moore teaches a wide range of courses with an emphasis on gender, sexuality and inequality. Her research and publications focus on the ways educational and religious contexts influence individuals' attitudes regarding gender equality, homosexuality and reproductive rights.

Publications

  • Ovadia, Seth and Laura Moore. 2010. "Decomposing the Moral Community: Religious Contexts and Teen Childbearing." City and Community 9: 320-334.
  • Moore, Laura. 2009 (2007). "Intersexuality." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology ed. by George Ritzer. Blackwell Publishing.
  • 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.

Recent 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. (upcoming)
  • "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).