Sara Moore

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Sociology
Office Meier Hall 335C
Phone 978.542.2795
Resume Sara Moore
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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

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Salem State University. I hold a B.S. in Sociology from Shepherd University, an M.A. in Sociology from The New School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University. My primary teaching responsibilities include SOC 217: Gender and Society; SOC 218: Sexuality and Society; SOC 232: Marriage, Family, and Intimate Life; SOC 250: Public Sociology; and SOC 349: Health, Illness, and the Body.

My research explores issues ranging from health equity to civic learning and engagement. I specialize in community-based participatory research that engages community members beyond the university to create research questions and instruments, collect and analyze data, present findings, and create plans for action. In valuing multiple forms of local and expert knowledge, this approach builds bridges between universities, students, community partners, and community residents.

My approach to teaching and student learning reflects my training in public sociology. While there is debate in the discipline about what public sociology entails, I understand it as a way to bring the sociology we teach and learn in the classroom to communities and public spaces beyond the classroom. I envision public sociology as an engaged sociology wherein students apply the language, concepts, and methodological approaches of the discipline to their own lives and the lived experiences of others with the goal of meaningful social change. Through unique and engaging assignments like digital storytelling and memoir-writing, participatory research projects like photovoice, and high-impact teaching practices like critically-engaged civic learning, I encourage students to go beyond simply thinking sociologically by putting what they learn in the classroom into real, everyday practice.

You can find me on Twitter: @Sara.Bee.Moore.

Professional Interests

Community Based and Participatory Research Methods


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

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

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.