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Dr. Terri LeMoyne is UC Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology. She is a social theorist, and her research areas include metatheory, the history of sociology and social theory. Her publications include theoretically and empirically extending Max Weber's rationalization thesis, as well as developing novel rhetorical strategies to advance the goals of various social movements. Her most recent work focuses on "helicopter parenting".

Dr. LeMoyne is also a UT Alumni Outstanding Teacher and she teaches Classical Social Theory (SOC 3120), Modern Social Theory (SOC 3130), Gender and Society (SOC 3070), Organizational Behavior (SOC 3170)) , and the Sociology of the Family (SOC 2150). She is also the first faculty member in the department to teach online courses for the Sociology concentration, the Criminal Justice major, and the Bachelor of Integrated Studies. 



  • Terri LeMoyne. The Development of American Social Theory: Thinking Through the Historical Transformations of Modern Societies. (with Forward by Peter Kivisto; under contract with Oxford University Press).

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • 2011. Terri LeMoyne and Jean Marie Davis. “Debunking Commonsense and the Taken-for-Granted: A Pedagogical Strategy for Teaching Social Problems”. Teaching Sociology, 39: 103-110.
  • 2011. Terri LeMoyne and Tom Buchanan. "Does "Hovering" Matter?: The Effect of Helicopter Parenting on Well-Being". Sociological Spectrum, 31(4): 399-418. 
  • 2007. Thomas J. Burns and Terri LeMoyne (trans. Vicente Alves). PortugueseTranslation of “How Environmental Movements Can Be More Effective: Prioritizing Environmental Themes in Political Discourse.” Revista Ambiente & Sociedade, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
  • 2004. Thomas J. Burns and Terri LeMoyne. “Chaos and Complexity Theories: Tools for Understanding Social Processes”. International Journal of the Humanities, 1: 941-960.
  • 2003. Terri LeMoyne and Thomas J. Burns. “Epistemology, Culture and Rhetoric: Some Social Implications of Human Cognition.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 22: 71-97.