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Phyllis Moen, PhD

McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology
University of Minnesota
Research Fellow
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College 

Phyllis Moen holds a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, arriving there in 2003 after twenty-five years as a professor at Cornell University where she held the Ferris Family Chair in Life Course Studies. She co-directs (with Erin Kelly) the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center (located in the Minnesota Population Center), part of a larger research network initiative supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control to investigate workplace policy initiatives aimed at promoting individual and family health and life quality as well as positive business outcomes. Moen has published numerous books and articles on careers, retirement, health, gender, policy and families as they intersect and as they play out over the life course. 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), which won the 2005 Award for Excellence in Sociology from the Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. Moen’s recent articles describe a natural experiment studying the effects of a flexibility policy innovation at a large corporate headquarters in the Midwest. Professor Moen has served on the board of Civic Ventures, a non-for profit organization that generates ideas and programs to reframe and redefine the second half of life and as a member of the Conference Board’s Work-Life Leadership Council. She currently serves on the research advisory committee for the Center on Aging and Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. She has been elected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Gerontological Society of America, and the National Council of Family Relations. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1978.