Sociology DepartmentFaculty Member

Gwen Moore


Expertise: Political Sociology, Gender, Social Networks

Contact Info:

  • Office: 327 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: (518) 442-4995
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae


  • 1977 Ph.D., Sociology, New York University
  • 1971 M.A., Sociology, New York University
  • 1966 A.B., Sociology and Anthrhopology, Bucknell University

Recent Research Projects

  • Gendering Elites -- This is a collaborative, comparative study of women and men in elite positions in business and elected politics in 27 industrialized nations. Its goal is identification of gender and regional similarities and differences among these leaders in pathways to the top, experiences in office, participation in informal networks and mentoring, current family statuses, and gender and national policy attitudes.
  • Trends in Elite and Mass Foreign Policy Attitudes in the United States: 1975-2004 -- Changes in foreign policy attitudes among two groups: 1) national elites in government, academia, business and labor, the media, religious institutions, special interest groups and foreign policy organizations and 2) the general public will be assessed using quadrennial surveys available from ICPSR in the series "American Public Opinion and United States Foreign Policy. One goal is to investigate elite opinions over six presidential administrations up to George W. Bush to see if there have been long-term trends toward more leonine positions. A second goal is to measure the pattern of gaps between mass and elite opinions on foreign policy to see if differences have grown larger or smaller over the past three decades. Finally, I will compare attitudes of men and women elites over time to see if the former are more disposed toward conflictual foreign relations.
  • Elite Interlocks in Three U.S. Sectors: Nonprofit, Corporate and Government -- This project focuses on board interlocks between U.S. leaders and organizations in the economic, political, and civil sectors in the late 1990s. It examines patterns of overlap and interaction among influential organizations in these sectors and, to a lesser extent, among the elites who lead them. The nonprofit sector is a large and expanding part of economic and social life in the U.S. that has been omitted from most elite research. In light of the growing awareness of the relationship between the nonprofit world and the state and market, we ask to what degree important nonprofit organizations and their leaders have become connected to leaders of the other sectors.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Sociology
  • Gender
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Networks
  • Stratification/Mobility

Courses Taught

  • SOC200: Political Sociology
  • SOC220: Introduction to Social Research
  • SOC341: Social Inequality
  • SOC645: Special Topics in Gender Research: Gender and Authority
  • SOC661: Political Sociology
  • SOCggg: Comparative Political Sociology