Michelle Janning, 2016
photo by Ali Walker

I am a sociologist, public speaker, and writer living in Walla Walla, Washington. I teach at Whitman College. I research, speak, and write about families and intimate relationships, everyday life, homes and design, inequalities, education, community-based projects, Scandinavian life, social science research methods, and popular culture. Whether it’s during one of my 50+ public speaking events, or in one of the dozens of media stories featuring my work, or in my books and other writing, I have spent the last two decades delving into how our home objects and spaces tell the story of contemporary family relationships (The Stuff of Family Life: How our Homes Reflect our Lives), the shifting boundaries between our roles, attitudes, and experiences (Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme), how technology impacts saving and organizing love letters and other cherished objects and our views about romance (Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age), and changing patterns in today’s parenting (Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research).

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