Phyllis E Moen

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Phyllis Moen (pronounced Mow-in) holds the McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1978.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND , May 1973 .
  • B.S.: Social Science, S. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, May 1971.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Work and Retirement
  • Work-Family Interface
  • Subjective Well-Being
  • Health
  • Corporate and Social Policy
  • Life Course Dynamics/Gendered Careers
  • Aging
  • Social Psychology
Courses Taught
  • Soc 3003 - Social Problems
  • Soc 4441 - Work-Family Links
  • Soc 8221 - Sociology of Gender
  • Soc 8590 - Topics in Life Course: Work, Health, and Gendered Life Course
  • Soc 8590 - Topics in Life Course: Sociology of Time
  • Soc 8590 - Topics in Life Course: Careers, Gender and Life Course
Research & Professional Activities


  • Professor Moen studies the mismatch between outdated work-time and career/retirement scripts and 21st century workforce and economic realities. She also studies gender differences and disparities at all stages of the changing life course. With Erin Kelly (MIT) and the Work, Family and Health Network, she investigates organizational work-time policies and practices, employee time strains, psychological and physical health outcomes; this includes the effects of an organizational-level innovation aimed at increasing supervisor support and employee control over where and when they work. Dr. Moen is incoming president of a large interdisciplinary and international association. Work and Family Researchers’ Network. She received the Dean’s Medal in 2015, as well as the Sociology Department’s mentorship award. Dr. Moen was awarded a fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study of the Behavior Sciences for the 2015-16 academic year
  • Lifetime Achievement 2020 Award, Working Family and Research Network, June 2020
  • Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health 2020. American Sociological Association, June 2020
  • Outstanding Publication Award in 2018 awarded to Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose by American Sociological Assocation's Section on Aging and the Life Course, 2018
  • AARP Minnesota and Pollen - "50 over 50" award, 2017
  • College of Liberal Arts, Dean's Medalist, 2015
  • Work-Life Legacy Award, Families and Work Institute, 2008
  • "The Career Mystique" selected the best publication in Sociology by the Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publication div, 2005