Professor, Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Naples teaches courses on sociology of the body end embodiment; qualitative methodology; gender, politics, and the state; women’s activism and globalization; and feminist theory. By using a variety of research methods including ethnography, discourse analysis, archival research, and comparative research, she interrogates the relationship between the state, market, other social institutions and citizenship to determine how social actors are affected by, and resisting extra-local economic and political structures and policies. She has explored the historical construction and implementation of welfare, immigration, rural economic development, and community control policies. She has also examined how members of low income and working class urban and rural communities respond to, reshape, and resist externally imposed policies and state-sponsored programs. She has also conducted research on programs designed to enhance access to justice for crime victims with disabilities and survivors of childhood sexual assault. She is currently working on a book that investigates the link between global economic change, social policy, and community-based social restructuring in the rural US. Her current research is on sexual citizenship in comparative perspective. She served as President of Sociologists for Women in Society (2004) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2007-2008). She is currently the President-Elect of the Eastern Sociological Society. She is the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in Research Award for Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut and the Sociologists for Women in Society’s 2011 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer.