Dr. Angela (Angie) Moe is a Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University,
with an affiliation with the Gender and Women's Studies Department. She also serves
as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Sociology. 

Her degrees include a PhD in Justice Studies, Law and the Social Sciences from Arizona
State University (2001), an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1998), and a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1996). Additionally, she earned a Graduate Certificate in
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness, with a specialization in healing through
movement, at Western Michigan University in 2013. 

Dr. Moe's areas of expertise include violence against women, feminist criminology,
maternal health, and embodiment. She approaches her research primarily through a feminist
qualitative epistemology which lends itself to in-depth interviewing, participant
observation, and field research. Her current lines of work center on 1) the connections
between maternal depression, domestic violence and pregnancy; 2) cultural discourse
surrounding pregnancy and early motherhood and women's subversions thereof; and 3)
women's holistic healing through Middle Eastern Dance. Among her over two dozen
publications are refereed articles in Violence Against Women, Women's Studies
Quarterly, Affilia, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, The Journal of Contemporary
Ethnography, Women and Therapy, Women and Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Studies. 

Dr. Moe holds memberships in several professional organizations, including Sociologists
for Women in Society and the Midwest Sociological Society. She is active locally, as a
Board Director and currently Board Chairwoman, of the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and
Neglect Prevention Council. 

Dr. Moe has taught a variety of classes for the Department of Sociology and the Criminal
Justice Program, including Principles of Sociology, Modern Social Problems, Introduction
to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Child Abuse, Gender and Justice, Criminal
Justice Process, Victimology, Advanced Victimology, Research Design and Data Collection,
Qualitative Research, Proseminar in Sociology, and Teaching Practicum. She is active
within four of the department's graduate concentrations: Gender/Feminism,
Criminology, Methods/Applied, and Race/Ethnicity. She also serves on the Advisory Board
for the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. 

Dance and Performance

Unveiling the Gaze: Belly Dance as a Site of Refuge, Re-envisioning and Resistance, Feminist Theory and Pop Culture: A Text-Reader (2015)

Central to studies of feminist theory and pop culture is the construct of the male...



Healing through Movement: The Benefits of Belly Dance for Gendered Victimization, Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work (2014)

Perceptions of “belly dance” are that it is degrading, exploitive, and incongruous to feminism. Curiously,...



Sequins, Sass and Sisterhood: An Exploration of Older Women's Belly Dancing, Journal of Women & Aging (2014)

Disempowering stereotypes plague public perceptions of older women’s bodies, particularly within Western contemporary societies. Consequently,...



Beyond the Belly: An Appraisal of Middle Eastern Dance (aka Belly Dance) as Leisure, Journal of Leisure Research (2012)

Middle Eastern dance (aka belly dance) is an ancient and expressive form of movement, associated...



Belly Dancing Mommas: Challenging Cultural Discourses of Maternity, Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules (2011)

I’m waiting backstage. The last minute checks… Shoes? I can’t bend down far enough to...


Violence Against Women


'Like a Prison!': Homeless Women's Narratives of Surviving Shelter (with Sarah L. DeWard), Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (2010)

Relying on field observation and twenty qualitative interviews with shelter residents, this article examines how...


A Sheltered Life: Observations on a Domestic Violence Shelter, Female Victims of Crime: Reality Reconsidered (2009)


Battered Women, Children and the End of Abusive Relationships, Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work (2009)

Much work has focused on the interpersonal dynamics of violent relationships, but less is known...



Exploring the Literature on Relationships between Gender Roles, Intimate Partner Violence, Occupational Status, and Organizational Benefits (with Eileen Kwesiga, Myrtle P. Bell, and Marshall Pattie), Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2007)

Studies of intimate partner violence (IPV) and work have been primarily conducted with women in...



Silenced Voices and Structured Survival: Battered Women's Help-Seeking, Violence Against Women (2007)

Despite social and governmental responses to battering, many women continue to feel entrapped in abusive...


Critical Criminology

'If I wasn't suicidal, that'll drive you to it': Women, Jail and Mental Health, Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars & Artists (2011)


The Domestic Violence Experiences of Women in Community Corrections (with Rachel Bridges Whaley, J. Mark Eddy, and Jean Daugherty), Women & Criminal Justice (2007)

A variety of studies indicate high rates of domestic violence in the backgrounds of women...



Criminalized Mothers: The Value and Devaluation of Parenthood from Behind Bars (with Kathleen J. Ferraro), Women & Therapy (2006)

With the number of incarcerated women rising in the United States, scholarship and activism has...



Women, Drugs, and Crime, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law & Society (2006)

Throughout feminist criminological scholarship, a concerted effort has been focused on understanding the backgrounds, criminal...



Malign Neglect or Benign Respect: Women's Health Care in a Carceral Setting (with Kathleen J. Ferraro), Women & Criminal Justice (2003)

A central tenet of feminist criminological scholarship is the examination of women's experiences with crime...


Professional Development

Being a New Faculty (with Lisa M. Murphy), A Guide to Surviving a Career in Academia: Navigating the Rites of Passage (2010)