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
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.
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