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Lisa Jean Moore

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

Lisa Jean Moore is a medical sociologist and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her scholarship is located at the intersections of sociology of health and medicine, science and technology studies, feminist studies, animal studies, and body studies.

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Trained in feminist qualitative research methods, I use sociological tools to investigate cultural meanings about human bodies and emergent human and non-human animal relationships. My teaching style is highly interactive and discussion-based.  We read theory and ethnographies, dissect novels and memoirs, view films and videos, and share our own writing in small groups.  

In addition to teaching at Purchase College during the school year, I teach in the travel abroad programs to India, Norway, Benin, and Italy in the months of June, July and August. 

When I am very lucky, I have the opportunity to teach at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in their college program.  

Research Interests

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Public Health
  • Critical Body Studies
  • Urban Animals
  • Horseshoe Crabs
  • Honeybees
  • Spider Goats

And I am just at the very, very beginning of starting a project on Tugboats in New York Harbor.

Representative Courses

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Feminist Theory 
  • Urban Ecology and Animal Studies
  • Public Health: Outbreak Investigations
  • Social and Cultural Studies of Food
  • Science, Medicine, and Culture
  • Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives
  • Birth and Death
  • Science Technology and Queer Theory
  • Bioethics
  • Human Sexuality
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • The Buzz about Bees
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Play, Leisure and Imagination
  • Cross Cultural Solutions to Climate Change


She is the author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man’s Most Precious Fluid and the co-author of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives and Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility - as well as numerous articles in journals such as Ethnography, Social Text and Body and Society.

Additionally she has co-edited a collection, The Body Reader, and is the co-founder of a successful book series at NYU Press entitled Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century.

With Mary Kosut, she has released Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. winner of the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Book Award from the Animals and Society section. Her most recent book, The Body: Social and Cultural Dissections, co-written with Monica J. Casper, was published by Routledge in late 2014.

Catch and Release: The Enduring yet Vulnerable Horseshoe Crab from NYU Press was published in 2018. 

The latest  book, Our Transgenic Future: Spider Goats, Genetic Modification and the Will to Change Nature is about transgenic goats modified with spider DNA to lactate silk protein from NYU Press.  

Copies of my work on ResearchGate