Sara Moore

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Sociology
Office Meier Hall 335C
Phone 978.542.2795
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

PSY 601H Honors Independent Research in Psychology
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 110H Introduction to Sociology-honors
SOC 217 Gender and Society
SOC 218 Sexuality and Society
SOC 232 Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships
SOC 250 Public Sociology
SOC 349 Health, Illness, and the Body
SOC 403 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOC 430 Directed Study in Sociology
SOC 470 Capstone Seminar in Sociology

Professional Biography

In her role as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement, Moore engages both students and community partners through community-engaged research and critically-engaged civic learning. With teaching and research interests ranging from health and well-being to civic engagement, and with a background in public sociology, Moore encourages her students to collaborate with community partners beyond the university to identify and examine social inequalities and create meaningful social change. In valuing multiple forms of local and expert knowledge, Moore’s approach builds bridges between universities, students, community organizations, and community members. Moore has worked with students and communities on issues like civic engagement, health equity, education, and food justice. She is a member of several councils and committees in Salem, including the Food Policy Council and the Board of Health. In 2020, she was named to Diverse magazine's list of 35 Outstanding Women in Higher Education. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Shepherd University, a master’s degree in sociology from The New School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University.

Professional Interests

Community Based Participatory Research


Health, Illness, and Medicine

Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

Public and Applied Sociology

Qualitative and Feminist Approaches to Social Research

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Social Inequalities


Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement

Chapter Representative for Alpha Kappa Delta

Selected Publications

2020. Moore, Sara. “Critically-Engaged Civic Learning, Public Sociology, and Community Change.” Podcast interview by Christian Winterbottom for American Educational Research Association Service-Learning and Experiential Education. January 29.

2019. Moore, Sara B. and Cindy S. Vincent, “Moving Beyond the ‘Me’ Generation:  Collaboration and Community-Engaged Scholarship among Millennial Faculty.”  In Michael G. Strawser (Editor).  Leading Millennial Faculty: Navigating the New Professoriate.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2018. Vincent, Cindy S., Cynthia Lynch, and Sara B. Moore. “Campus Spotlight: Moving from Service-Learning to Critically-Engaged Civic Learning at Salem State.” Washington, DC: American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Democracy Project.

2017. Moore, Sara B. “Motherhood.” In Bryan Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia Epstein, Peter Kivisto, William Outhwaite, and J. Michael Ryan (Editors). Encyclopedia of Social Theory. London: Wiley-Blackwell. 

2016. Moore, Sara B. “Digital Storytelling in the Classroom” in Write to Learn, Learn to Write. Salem, MA: Salem State University Writing Intensive Curriculum.

2014. Anderson, Julie, Victoria Hoverman, Sara B. Moore, and James Witte. “Action in Community through Service: A Program Evaluation of the Organization’s Helpline and Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program.” Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Center for Social Science Research.

2013. Moore, Sara B., Andrea Robles, and Emily Zimmerman. “Richmond Promise Neighborhood Community Needs Assessment.” Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Center for Social Science Research.

2012. Moore, Sara B. "Reproductive Issues." In James Ciment and Christopher Bates (Editors). Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

2011. Moore, Sara B. "Reclaiming the Body, Birthing at Home: Knowledge, Power, and Control in Childbirth." Humanity & Society 35:376-389.

2010. Davis, Shannon N. and Sara B. Moore. "Bearing Children, Becoming Women: The Influence of Childbearing on Women's Gender Ideologies." International Journal of Sociology of the Family 26:77-91.

Selected Presentations

2020. Lynch, Cynthia, Sara B. Moore, and Robert Awkward.  “Equitable Collaboration that Promotes Student Success, Personal Responsibility, and the Public Good.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

2019. Moore, Sara B. “Promoting Civic Learning, Civic Engagement, and Social Change through Critically-Engaged Civic Learning.” Presented at the Corporation for National and Community Service Office of Research and Evaluation Research Summit, Crystal City, VA.

2019. Moore, Sara B., Cynthia Lynch, Jake Lefker, and Cindy Vincent.  “Rethinking Service Learning: Using Critically-Engaged Civic Learning to Promote Student Learning and Meaningful Social Change.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA.

2019. Chetnik, Mathew, Franklin Chilaka, and Sara B. Moore. “Moving Forward, Giving Back: First Year Day of Service.” Presented at the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, Las Vegas, NV.

2018. Moore, Sara B. “Growing in the Garden: Exploring Health Disparities through Civically-Engaged Pedagogy.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore, MD.

2018. Lynch, Cynthia, Sara B. Moore, and Cindy S. Vincent. “Shifting the Paradigm: Re-conceptualizing Civic Engagement to Promote Equitable, Sustainable Partnerships and Student Growth.” Presented at the Pre-Meeting Symposium on the Power of Civic Engagement Across Campus, Within Communities, and Beyond Borders at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

2017. Moore, Sara B. “Reflexive Motherhood: Ideology, Identity, and the Meaning-Making Work of New Mothers.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, QC, Canada.

2017. Moore, Sara B. “The New Op-Ed: Teaching Public Sociology with Digital Storytelling.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, QC, Canada.

2016. Moore, Sara B. “The ‘Mama Bear’ and the Doctor: Challenging Medical Authority as Identity Work in Pregnancy and Childbirth.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV.

2016. Moore, Sara B. “Telling Health Stories in the Classroom: Using Digital Storytelling to Teach Compassion and Care.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA.