Michelle Napierski-Prancl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of Sociology
Ph.D. University at Albany
B.A. Siena College
Michelle Napierski-Prancl, PhD is Associate Professor and Director of the Sociology program in the Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College for Women in Troy, New York. Dr. Napierski-Prancl is currently serving as the Chair of the Troy Faculty Council. She teaches a variety of sociology and women’s studies courses including Introduction to Sociology, Gender & Sexuality, Sociology of Families, and Research Methods. Dr. Napierski-Prancl’s research interests focus on gender, work, family, media, and popular culture. Her publications include critical essays on popular culture and articles on teaching pedagogy. She is currently writing a book about “The Mommy Wars.”
Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
2016 “Brandy You’re a Fine Name: The Intersection of Popular Music and the Naming of Infant Girls from 1965-1985.” Studies in Popular Culture. Forthcoming.
2014 “Viewing 90210 from 12203: Affluent TV teens Inspire a Cohort of Middle Class Women.” How Television Shapes Our World View: Media Representatives of Social Trends and Change, edited by D. A. Macey, K. M. Ryan & N. J. Springer. NY: Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield.
2013 “Dealing with the Label: I am/am not a feminist.” Academic Exchange Quarterly. Spring 17(1):60-63.
2011 “Raising Awareness: Incorporating a Student Run Campus Awareness Week in Course Objectives” Teaching Sociology 39(1):88-102.
2003 “The Symbolic Annihilation of Women in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild” in Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender, edited by J. Fisher & E. Silber. USA: Greenwood Press.
2003 “An Examination of Role Traps in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender, edited by J. Fisher & E. Silber. USA: Greenwood Press.
2014 “Daycare” Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, edited by L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson. Sage Reference.
2014 “Head Start” Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, edited by L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson. Sage Reference.
2013 “The Mommy Wars” Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia, edited by L. Ganong, M. Coleman & J. G. Golson. Sage Reference.
2013 “Sesame Street” Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, edited by C. E. Cortés & J. G. Golson. Sage Reference.
2008 "Eating Disorders" Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development: CHildhood, edited by D. Carr. Macmillian Reference.
2016 “The Bon Bons Fallacy: Redefining the Work of Mothers” Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Forthcoming
2014 "Love, Labor and The Mommy Wars." National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2014 “On Not Eating Bon Bons: Women from the Heart of The Mommy Wars Speak out on Misunderstandings, Assumptions and Needing Support”, Capital District Feminist Studies Conference, Siena College, Loudonville, NY.
2013 “Focusing on Mothers: Employing focus groups to deconstruct the ‘Mommy Wars.’” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
2013 “Part-Time Work and the “Mommy Wars”: Are part-time working mothers getting caught in the crossfire or achieving victory?” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
2012 “Deconstructing the ‘Mommy Wars’: Mothers talk about Motherhood, Mothering and Empowered Choices.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
2012 “Animated Fathers: Men as fathers and other mothers in animated children’s films since Finding Nemo.” Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
2010 Panelist. “Living in the Sandwich.” ESS Committee on the Status of Women Session: The Sandwich Generation. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOC/WST 206: Sociology of Families
SOC/WST 208: Race & Ethnic Relations
SOC/WST 209: Gender & Sexuality
SOC/WST 222: Women, Health & the Body
SOC/ANT 248: Culture, Childhood & Sesame Street
SOC/WST 248: Feminism and Childhood
SOC 304: Sociology of the Media
SOC/WST 318: Women & Work
SOC 337: Research Methods for Sociology
SOC 350: Research for the Professions
SOC/CRJ 403: Senior Seminar
WST 405: Women’s Studies Forum
SOC 410: Honors Project in Sociology