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Laura Tropp

Professor

Dr. Tropp specializes in media and politics and representations of pregnancy, motherhood, and families in popular culture. She teaches courses in communication theory, media history, campaigns and elections, media law and motherhood studies. She is on the Board of the Museum of Motherhood and is a Blogger for MamaPhd at www.InsideHigherEd.com.

Title/Position

Professor

Department

Communication and Media Arts

Email

ltropp@mmm.edu

Phone

212-774-4868

Degree(s)

B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Recent Work


Currently at work on a book on grandparenting and intergenerational living.

 

IN THE MEDIA

 

Salon Magazine/December, 2015

Beyond Mike Brady: Finally Stepdads are Getting their Pop Culture Moment

Laura Tropp is featured in this article talking about ideologies of fatherhood and her new edited collection, Deconstructing Dads.

Finally Stepdads Are Getting their Pop Culture Moment

 

HLN Media, October 2015

Are Pregnant Women Fair Game for Comments on Social?

Laura Tropp is featured in this article discussing why many think of pregnancy as a public, not a private experience



Fit Pregnancy Magazine, August/September 2013

What’s the Rush? The case for a slower, more reflective pregnancy

Laura Tropp is featured in this article which includes an excerpt from her new book on pregnancy.

Huffington Post, January 8th, 2013

The Pregnancy Industrial Complex

Laura Tropp writes a piece exploring why people obsess over the pregnancies of others and what does that mean for who we are.

Parade Magazine, December 14th , 2012

Why Are We So Obsessed with Kate’s Pregnancy?

Laura Tropp is interviewed in Parade magazine, where she discusses the American fascination with Kate Middleton’s pregnancy. 

Allure Magazine, May 1, 2008: 

Beauty and the Beat: Sex Education

Laura Tropp is featured in this article for her research on “Sex and the City” and motherhood, femininity and pregnancy.

The Star-Telegram, April 3, 2008

Kits show mothers’ bodies of work

Laura Tropp is quoted in this article about “belly casts” and changing views of pregnant women in society.

Greatreporter.com, May 27, 2008

Belly casts,” the New Rage to Memorialize your Pregnancy

Cookie Magazine, January 1, 2006

“Star Burst”

Laura Tropp was quoted in this article from the premiere issue of the parenting magazine Cookie (December 2005-January 2006).

Research

Co-Editor with Janice Kelly. Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture (Lexington Books, 2016)

A Womb with a View: America’s Growing Public Interest in Pregnancy (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013).

“What’s a Baby Daddy to Do: Fathers on the Fringe in MTV’s Sixteen and Pregnant.” Teen Pregnancy and MTV: Perspectives on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. (Scarecrow Press,  2013).

“Off their Rockers: Representation of Post-Partum Depression in Popular Culture.” Mental Illness in Popular Culture. Ed. Lawrence c. Rubin. (McFarland Press. 2012.)

“My Computer Ate My Homework: Deconstructing Misbehavior in Online Teaching,” The Principles of Effective Teaching: A Handbook for Experienced Teachers Developing eLearning. Ed. Nicole A. Buzzetto-More (Santa Rosa, California: Informing Science Press, 2007).

“Censorship and the 21st Century” ABC-Clio academic database Pop Culture Universe database (January 2013). I am attaching a copy of the contract with the publisher.

Mediating Motherhood Syllabus, Teaching Motherhood: A Collection of Post-Secondary Courses on Mothering/Motherhood. Bradford, Ontario: Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (August 2011).

“Links, Chicks, Blogs, Banners: Using the Internet for Youth Voter Mobilization” Mosh the Polls: Youth Voters, Popular Culture, and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election. Ed. Brian Cogan and Anthony Kelso.  Lexington Books, 2008.

“Faking a Sonogram’: Representations of Motherhood on Sex and the City.” Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 39 No. 5, 2006. 

“A Womb, and a View.” Explorations in Media Ecology. Volume 4, No. 1. 2005.

“The Next Generation Goes Digital: Technology, the Medium and the Message.” Growing Up Degrassi: Television, Identity and Youth Culture.  Ed. Michelle Byers. Toronto: Sumach Press. 2005.

“Teaching Media Ecology: Or Why My Students Love the Tetrad.” In Media Res. Volume 5, No. 1. Fall, 2003. Newsletter. Published by the Media Ecology Association

Professional Experience

 

 

Location

Nugent Hall 560