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Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Dr. Jackson Katz is author, filmmaker, educator and cultural theorist who has achieved international renown for his pioneering scholarship and activism concerning issues of gender and violence. Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA, and a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Katz also holds the distinction of being the first man to earn a minor in women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

In 1993, Dr. Katz co-founded the mixed-gender, multiracial Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP is one of the longest-running and most widely influential sexual assault and relation abuse prevention programs. It has been used in colleges, high schools, militaries, and among professional sports teams in the NFL, CFL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR. MVP and Dr. Katz specifically is credited with pioneering the "bystander" approach to the gender violence prevention field. In 1997, Dr. Katz implemented the first gender violence prevention program  for the U.S. Marine Corps. This has been further developed to prevention efforts in the Air Force, Navy and Army.

Dr. Katz is also the creator of the educational award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2. His TED Talk, "Violence against Women is a Men's Issue," has been viewed over 2 million times. Dr. Katz has been featured on numerous television and radio programs across North America, Europe and Australia including Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is the author of a blog on masculinities and politics for The Huffington Post, as well as the book The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and the upcoming Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity.  

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