Phyllis Moen studies how the intersection between individual lives and societal institutions are changing in the face of major social transformations in the family, the economy, workplace, gender roles, and longevity. Moen, the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies at Cornell University, focuses on life-course transitions and trajectories related to work and family careers over the life course, aging and gender stratification, and family policy. She is the author and coauthor of five books, most recently Social Integration in the Second Half of Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).
During her fellowship year, Moen will research and write about dual-earner couples, investigating the simultaneous and shifting relationships among “his” career, “her” career, and their “family” career. Moen will focus on the economic, social, and psychological consequences of various career trajectories and family strategies in light of the existing policies and practices of work organizations and communities. Her larger research agenda involves investigating the gendered nature of men’s and women’s occupational and personal life course pathways and experiences.
Moen has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the American Psychological Association. She earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota.