Jaden Janak is an Assistant Professor of Modern U.S. History at St. Olaf College. They recently defended their dissertation on U.S. abolitionist organizing, earning a PhD in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His research on LGBTQ+ history, abolition, and popular culture can be found in Social Education, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Outside of their research, Jaden organizes with various local and national abolitionist collectives. They are a dog dad of two and an enthusiastic supporter of women's sports.

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