Phyllis Moen, PhD

Phyllis Moen, PhD

Phyllis Moen, PhD

McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Moen studies and has published numerous books and articles on occupational careers, retirement, families, health, gender, and social policy, as they intersect and as they play out over the life course.  She was appointed Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies for 2005-2006. Prior to coming to Minnesota in 2003, Dr. Moen spent many years as a faculty member in both sociology and human development at Cornell University, where she founded the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (an interdisciplinary cross-college initiative) and the Cornell Careers Institute (supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation). Her two most recent books are It’s About Time: Couples and Careers (2003) and The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream (2005, with Pat Roehling). The Career Mystique earned the 2005 Award for Excellence in Sociology and Social Work from the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division. Dr. Moen co-directs (with Dr. Erin Kelly) the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center at the University of Minnesota for the National Institutes of Health Network on Work, Family, Health & Well-Being. The Minnesota Center conducted a mixed-methods assessment of policy change within a Fortune 500 company in the Midwest. As part of this larger NIH-funded network initiative, Drs. Moen and Kelly are investigating the family, health, and productivity impacts of shifts in the way work is organized so as to offer employees greater scheduling flexibility.