Michelle Janning, 2016
photo by Ali Walker

Hi. My name is Michelle Janning. My number one goal is to share my research and writing with a wide audience. I love it when what I share makes people think of new ways to understand their own stories about family, culture, everyday life, relationships, and their material world. My newest adventures are my book The Stuff of Family Life: How our Homes Reflect our Lives  and my essay collection entitled Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme.

I’m a writer, public speaker, chair of the Council on Contemporary Families, Whitman College sociology professor, researcher, musician, mother, wife, amateur decorator, beginning learner of five languages, traveler, and volunteer with some non-profit groups. Sometimes I get asked to share ideas with journalists, in speeches, and in guest writings based on my research.

Because I often mix parts of my life, enjoy seeing how the boundaries between them are permeable, and connect the personal and the professional (often in humorous ways), the theme of my work is to embrace the “between-ness” of life. You can contact me here.