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BIOGRAPHY - full
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  •  Dr. Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist who has long been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists.

  •  In 1993 he conceived and co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP program was the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in the fight against all forms of men's violence against women.  Today MVP is the most widely utilized gender violence prevention program in college and professional athletics.

  • Katz is one of the key architects of the “bystander” approach to gender violence prevention.  MVP was one of the first programs to utilize this approach, which is now mainstream practice in the sexual and domestic violence prevention fields.

    MVP has worked with tens of thousands of high school students, as well as thousands of student-athletes and other student leaders at hundreds of colleges and universities nationally. Since 1997, Katz and other MVP staff have trained coaches, players, and front office personnel of the New England Patriots Football Club.  The Patriots were the first NFL team to adopt MVP; a quarter of the teams in the NFL have since participated. Several Major League Baseball teams have utilized MVP, including the Boston Red Sox, as well as NASCAR and many other sports organizations.  Katz is the primary author of the program's innovative teaching materials.

  • Katz is the founder and director of MVP Strategies, an organization that provides gender violence prevention training and materials to U.S. colleges, high schools, law enforcement agencies, the U.S. military services, community organizations, and small and large corporations.

  • His influential book, “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” was published by Sourcebooks in 2006.

  • Katz's second book, "Leading Men, Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood" was published by Interlink Press in October, 2012.

  • He is the creator and co-creator of award-winning videos for college and high school students. These include Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000); Wrestling With Manhood, with Sut Jhally, (2002); and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol, with Jean Kilbourne, (2004). These videos - with accompanying study guides - are available from the Media Education Foundation

  • Since 1997 he has been directing MVP-MC, the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have trained thousands of Marines on a dozen bases in the U.S. and Japan. MVP trainings have been held with U.S. Army personnel in Iraq; the U.S. Navy is currently piloting MVP in four sites around the world; and Katz has served as a subject matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force.  Katz has spoken at dozens of military conferences, and has addressed cadets at The United States Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Coast Guard Academy.  

  • Dr. Katz was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense's Task Force on Domestic Violence in the military from 2000-2003.

  • Since 1990, Katz has lectured at more than 1400 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and numerous countries around the world. He has conducted trainings and keynoted fundraising events for a large number of sexual and domestic violence organizations, and has spoken at numerous public schools and community organizations across the country.

  • From 1998-2000, he served on the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence.

  • He consulted for nearly a decade with the Liz Claiborne Company's award-winning Women's Work campaign.

  • From 1988 to 1998, Katz was the chief organizer for Real Men, the Boston-based anti-sexist men's organization. Real Men leafleted at Fenway Park and Andrew Dice Clay concerts, provided speakers, sponsored debates and conferences, held fundraisers for battered women's shelters, and produced and distributed literature.

  • He has published several academic articles that are widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics include: educating college student-athletes in gender violence prevention, violent white masculinity in advertising, Eminem, pornography and men’s consciousness, men's leadership in gender violence prevention education K-12, working with boys in juvenile detention, masculinities in media and the male sports culture, Jewish masculinity and violence, presidential masculinities and media, and the role of sports metaphors in presidential discourse.

  • He has a blog on masculinities and politics on the Huffington Post, where he has written about Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh, the politics of presidential masculinity and many other topics.

  • Jackson Katz is widely quoted in the national print media. He has appeared on numerous national and local radio programs in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, as well as television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, Montel Williams, ABC News 20/20, and the CBS Evening News.

  • Katz is a former all-star football player who became the first man at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to earn a minor in women's studies. He holds a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his research concentration was the social construction of violent masculinities through sports and media. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

Biography - brief

Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy.  An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.  Founded in 1993, MVP was one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention; Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach.  Today, MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics.  It has been implemented by a quarter of the teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR, and many other sports organizations. Since 1997 Katz has directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. MVP trainings have been held with U.S. Army personnel in Iraq; the U.S. Navy is currently piloting MVP in four sites around the world; and Katz has served as a subject matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force.  Katz’s award-winning educational video Tough Guise, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, and his lectures in the U.S. and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. He is also the author of an influential book entitled “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” published by Sourcebooks in 2006.  Since 1990, he has lectured at over 1400 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and numerous countries around the world.  Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.  A native of Boston, he lives with his family in the Los Angeles area.  For more information see www.jacksonkatz.com.

Contact information:
JacksonKatz@aol.com
www.jacksonkatz.com

 

Media Inquiries

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Jackson is available for interviews and appearances. For information about or to schedule a college lecture, please contact:

Kevin R. MacRae, President
MacRae Speakers & Entertainment, LLC.
P.O. Box 535
Pembroke, MA 02358

(781) 829-6500 - Office
(781) 924-1626 - Fax
(781) 858-4210 - Mobile
kmacrae@macraespeakers.com

To schedule non-college lectures or trainings, please send initial inquiries via e-mail message to jacksonKatz@aol.com.

In the News

Recent articles about the release of Jackson's new book, The Macho Paradox are available HERE.

Recent News Items about Jackson Katz and his work are available HERE.

   
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