Jan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker.
From refugee camps, shelters, war zones and mental hospitals to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Jan Haaken’s documentary films focus on people and places on the social margins, drawing out their insights on the world around them. As a psychologist and documentarian, Haaken weaves research and historical analyses into rich and vividly drawn landscapes that represent the perspectives of her subjects. Through the lens of psychology, she takes intimate conversations with people in crisis into wider social vistas, bringing forces on the periphery of the action into focus.
MILK MEN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAIRY FARMERS, Haaken’s most recent project, is now available for educators to purchase and is expected to be available for home use by fall 2016. Haaken is currently working on a documentary on reproductive health care through the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.