About Michelle Napierski-Prancl
Professor of Sociology Michelle Napierski-Prancl, Ph.D., teaches sociology and women’s studies courses, directs the Sociology program and has served as director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on gender, work, family, media and popular culture. Her book, Mothers Work: Confronting the Mommy Wars, Raising Children and Working for Social Change was published in 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Recent Courses Taught
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
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.