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 an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology and Criminal Justice programs in the Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College for Women in Troy, New York. Dr. Napierski-Prancl 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 essays on the portrayal of gender in popular literature and articles on teaching pedagogy. She is currently working on a manuscript about “The Mommy Wars.”
Recent Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
2014 “Viewing 90210 from 12203: Affluent TV teens Inspire a Cohort of Middle Class Women.” The More You Know: Law and Order, Inconvenient Truths and How Television Shapes Our World View, edited by K. Ryan. MD: Lexington Press.Forthcoming.
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. 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. Greenwood Press.
Recent Reference Publications
2014 “Daycare” Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, edited by L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson. Sage Reference. Forthcoming.
2014 “Head Start” Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, edited by L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson. Sage Reference. Forthcoming.
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.
Recent Conference Presentations
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.
Recent Courses Taught
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 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