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Moskos, Charles C.



Sociologist Charles Constantine Moskos, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 20, 1934. He obtained his B.A. in Sociology at Princeton University (1956) and his M.A. (1960) and Ph.D. (1963) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Drafted into the United States Army immediately upon graduation from Princeton, Moskos served a two-year tour, primarily in Germany. After obtaining his doctorate, Moskos worked as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan for two years before joining the Northwestern faculty in 1966 as an associate professor of sociology. Moskos was promoted to professor in 1970, a title he retained through 2003 when he became a professor emeritus. He held the Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern from 1996 through 2003. His fields of interests included military sociology, national service, and Greek American studies, although one of his favorite courses to teach was an introductory sociology course, a popular class that earned him great respect among Northwestern students. He continued to teach at Northwestern through the fall 2007 quarter, when his health declined.

Moskos participated in numerous research and policy formation projects for governmental and private agencies. He worked extensively with the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), and served as chairman of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society from 1987-1999. From 1988-2007, he served on the Board of Advisors to the Democratic Leadership Council, and became well known within Washington military and political circles, advising President Clinton on the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals serving in the armed forces and working closely with Vice President Al Gore on issues related to government corruption.

Charles Moskos died on May 31, 2008, in Santa Monica, California. He was survived by his wife, Ilca. They were married in 1967 and had two sons, Andrew and Peter.

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Charles C. Moskos Papers

Identifier: 11/3/25/4

Charles C. Moskos taught sociology at Northwestern University from 1966-2007. His interests were military sociology, national service, and Greek American studies. His Papers include correspondence, research files, teaching files, reports, and publications, with the majority dated after 1969.

Dates: 1917 - 2009; Other: Majority of material found within 1969 - 2007; Other: Date acquired: 04/11/2010