TitleAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Communication Arts
DepartmentCommunication and Media Arts
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 has been on the board of the Museum of Motherhood and a blogger on work/life balance for Inside Higher Ed.
B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
IN THE MEDIA
The Culture of Pregnancy, Wisconsin Public Radio
Just Love Radio Show
Smithsonian Magazine, September 2017
Read Laura’s piece exploring history, pregnancy rituals, and modern notions of feminism
NBC News, June 2017
Laura is featured exploring newer representations of fathers in popular culture
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.
HLN Media, October 2015
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
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
Laura Tropp is interviewed in Parade magazine, where she discusses the American fascination with Kate Middleton’s pregnancy.
Allure Magazine, May 1, 2008:
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
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
Laura Tropp was quoted in this article from the premiere issue of the parenting magazine Cookie (December 2005-January 2006).
“Pregnant Pause: Celebrity Performance of Pregnancy During the Pandemic,” Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance, 13 pp. 7-19 (2023).
with Susan Behrens. “Pandemic Language: A Battle for Control Over More than the Virus.” ETC: A Review of General Semantics. Volume 77, Issue 3-4 2020.
Grandparenting in a Digital Age: The Third Act (Lexington Books, 2019)
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
Board Member, John C Hart Memorial Library
Board Member, Museum of Motherhood & Journal of Mother Studies
Former Online Columnist, Inside Higher Education