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May 2019

Lisa Jean Moore Named Distinguished Professor by SUNY Board of Trustees

Purchase College, SUNY has announced that Dr. Lisa Jean Moore, professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, has been appointed Distinguished Professor by SUNY.

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national and/or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their chosen field. This distinction is attained through extraordinary contributions to, and impact on, the candidate’s field of study, often evidenced by significant research or creative activity.


“The SUNY faculty being honored with the distinguished ranking are leaders in innovation, research, environmental and cultural studies, and serve as a strong and constant reminder of the quality higher education students receive at our campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “On behalf of all our faculty, staff and students, I congratulate these individuals on this honorable distinction.”


Purchase College’s officer in charge, Dennis Craig, said, “Dr. Moore’s groundbreaking research is only matched by her excellence in the classroom and her commitment to mentoring students, young scholars, and her peers. Her work and her dedication to higher education are a source of pride and inspiration for us all.”


Dr. Moore has made an exceptional interdisciplinary impact, as evidenced by more than 3,000 citations of her work in publications across fields, including body studies, sexuality and gender, food studies, and animal studies. Dr. Moore has authored seven scholarly books and 42 articles or book chapters, edited four book or journal special issues, as well as other publications. Her book, Buzz: Urban Bee-Keeping and the Power of the Bee, won the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award. Dr. Moore’s latest book, Catch and Release: The Enduring Yet Vulnerable Horseshoe Crab, challenges established norms within the fields of Sociology, Biology, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, bringing under review the limited ways humans view non-human existence, with significant consequences for both. Her book series at NYU Press, Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century, with seventeen titles published, is regarded to be one of the best in medical sociology.


Dr. Lisa Jean Moore earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, in Medical Sociology, Health Policy, and Women’s Health.  She received a BA in Sociology and Literature from Tufts University, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.  Additionally, Dr. Moore was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the National Institutes of Mental Health.


Dr. Moore said, "I’m honored to join the ranks of so many dedicated, brilliant, and innovative scholars in the SUNY community."