Janning, Michelle

Michelle received her B.A. in Sociology from St. Olaf College in 1994, and her M.A.(1996) and Ph.D. (2000) in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches in the areas of gender, family, culture, introductory sociology, research methods, and occasionally the Sociology of the Home and the field lab in applied sociology.  She has done research in the following fields: gender, work and occupations, family, sexualities, popular culture, art and design, teaching sociology, and deviance. Specifically, her most recent research has been in the area of popular culture representations of families (guest editing a special issue of The Journal of Family Issues on this topic), gender and home decorating television, and divorce and material culture.  She has published in and is an active member of reviewing and editorial boards of various sociology journals, served as a visiting researcher at the University of York’s (UK) Centre for Women’s Studies, and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. More information about Michelle can be found at http://www.whitman.edu/sociology/janning.cfm

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Work-Family Balance, Work/life Integration, Work-family and Material Culture; Work-family and Popular Culture, Gender


Whitman College- Department of Sociology
Walla Walla WA 99362
United States