About Michelle R Napierski-Prancl

Michelle Napierski-Prancl, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the Sociology program in the Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College.


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 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

Research Interest

Gender, work, family, media, and popular culture

Selected Publications

Mothers Work: Confronting the Mommy Wars, Raising Children and Working for Social Change was published in 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield.

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.

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.

Educational Background

Ph.D., University at Albany
B.A., Siena College