Academic Research

My research focuses primarily on intersections between the sociology of gender, work, family, spatial design, education, and culture.

My recent research and publishing is on the specific topics of gender and generation in the use and saving of digital and handwritten love letters, Scandinavian families, parenting, popular culture representation of families, gender and home decorating television, divorce and material culture, and motherhood and the management of digital photography.

I weave connections between sub-disciplines within sociology, and between sociology and related disciplines. Thus, my research on work and family issues, for example, includes interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical nods to culture and material culture studies, media studies, social psychology, technology research, geography, design research, and business.

My work in family and educational sociology has also provided the theoretical and methodological groundwork for useful applied sociology in the form of community-based studies and administrative work on early learning, parenting in low-income families, sexual education, college student learning, care work, and children’s school readiness.

Here are a few representative publications (* indicates student co-author):

Janning, Michelle. 2017. The Stuff of Family Life: How our Homes Reflect our Lives. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Janning, Michelle, editor. Under Contract (Forthcoming 2018). Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Janning, Michelle. Under Contract (Forthcoming 2018). Love Letters: Romantic Communication in the Digital Age. In the Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology (The Anthropology of Stuff). New York: Routledge.

Janning, Michelle, and Maya Volk*. 2017. “Where the Heart is: Home Space Transitions for Residential College Students.Children’s Geographies.

Janning, Michelle, Wenjun Gao*, and Emma Snyder*.  2017.Love Letters in the Digital Age: Meaningfulness in Long-Distance Romantic Relationship Communication Formats.” Journal of Family Issues.

Janning, Michelle, and Neal Christopherson. 2015. “Love Letters Lost? Gender and the Preservation of Digital and Paper Communication from Romantic Relationships.” In Family Communication in an Age of Digital and Social Media, edited by Carol J. Bruess. New York: Peter Lang International.

Janning, Michelle, and Helle Rytkønen. 2015.  “Danish Families.” Entry for the Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.

Janning, Michelle. 2015. “An Unexpected Box of Love Research.”  Contexts 14(1): 76.

Janning, Michelle, and Helen Brambrink*. 2013. “Gender and Intensive Mothering in Home Curation of Family Photography.” Journal of Family Issues.

Janning, Michelle, Caitlyn Collins*, and Jacqueline Kamm*. 2011. “Gender, Space and Material Culture in Divorced Families.” Michigan Family Review.   (

Janning, Michelle, Jill Laney*, and Caitlyn Collins*. 2010. “Spatial and Temporal Arrangements, Parental Authority, and Young Adults’ Post-Divorce Experiences.” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 51: 413-427.

Guzman, Cirila Estela Vasquez*, Gilbert Mireles, Neal Christopherson, and Michelle Janning. 2010. “Class and Race Health Disparities and Health Information Seeking Behaviors: The Role of Social Capital.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 28: 127-149.

Collins, Caitlyn*, and Michelle Janning. 2010. “The Stuff at Mom’s House and the Stuff at Dad’s House: The Material Consumption of Divorce for Adolescents.” Pp. 163-177 in Childhood and Consumer Culture, Edited by David Buckingham and Vebjørg Tingstad. Palgrave Publishers.

Janning, Michelle. 2009. “The Efficacy of Symbolic Work-Family Integration For Married Professionals Who Share Paid Work.” Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 3(1).

Janning, Michelle. 2008. “Spousal Supports Provided by Employers.” Entry for the Sloan Work-Family Encyclopedia

Janning, Michelle. 2008. “Public Spectacles of Private Spheres: An Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Spaces and Places of Family Life: Cultural and Popular Cultural Representations of Homes and Families.’” Journal of Family Issues 29(4): 1-10.

Janning, Michelle, and Lindsey Menard*. 2006. “I Would Never Do That in My Own Home: Audience Reflexivity and the Decorating Television Viewing Culture.” Electronic Journal of Sociology 10.

Janning, Michelle, and Brooke Neely*. 2006. “Work-Family Integration for Professional Married Co-Workers: An Examination of Cross-Realm Conversations.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family 32(1): 79-86.

Janning, Michelle. 2006. “Put Yourself in My Work Shoes: Variations in Work-Related Spousal Support for Professional Married Co-Workers.” Journal of Family Issues 27(1): 85-109.

Christopherson, Neal, Michelle Janning, and Eileen McConnell (authors listed alphabetically). 2002. “Two Kicks Forward, One Kick Back: A Content Analysis of Media Discourses on the 1999 Women’s World Cup Soccer Championship.” Sociology of Sport Journal 19: 170-188.

Janning, Michelle. 2001. “Party On, Be Excellent, and Be Ignorant: Depictions of Masculinity in the Idiotic Duo Film Genre.” Studies in Popular Culture 23.3: 81-95.

Janning, Michelle. 1999. “A Conceptual Framework for Examining Work-Family Boundary Permeability for Professional Married Co-Workers.” Women and Work: A Journal of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation 1: 41-57.

Klein, David, and Michelle Janning. 1997. “Philosophies of Family Scientists.” Family Perspective 30(4): 483-502.


Janning, Michelle. 2008. Guest Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues 29(4), titled “Spaces and Places of Family Life: Cultural and Popular Cultural Representations of Homes and Families.”

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