Kenneth Janken's research focuses on 20th-century African American history. He is Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses on the Civil Rights Movement; class, race, and inequality in the U.S.; the art, literature, and politics of the Harlem Renaissance; African American intellectual history; and African American autobiography. Janken's most recent book, The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s (2016), tells of the 1971 racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, winner of the Clarendon Award from the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society for best book on the region. Janken also authored two biographies: Rayford W. Logan and the Dilemma of the African-American Intellectual (1993) and Walter White: Mr. NAACP (2003), which won honorable mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. He has also published academic articles on topics including the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement in the 1940s, African Americans and world affairs, and school desegregation in North Carolina.