Michelle Smirnova

Associate Professor

Office: Manheim 106G
Ph: 816-235-2298, press 7 to leave message
Fx: 816-235-1117
Email: smirnovam@umkc.edu


Dr. Michelle Smirnova is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and an associate faculty member in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her research traces how institutions such as medicine, science, the nation-state, and media differentially construct bodies, behaviors, and identities and how actors react to, cope with, or resist these definitions. In recent projects, she has explored users’ perceptions of nonmedical prescription drug use, practices of body- and biohacking, as well as political humor and advice columns as important sites of identity negotiation. Formerly, she worked as a Research Sociologist at United States Census Bureau in the Center for Survey Measurement.

Introduction to Sociology
Social Theory
Culture, Emotion, and Identity
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Medicine
Social Movements
Graduate Qualitative Methods

Academic Credentials:
PhD, Sociology, University of Maryland, 2013
MA, Sociology, University of Maryland, 2008
BA, International Studies & Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006