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Michael Messner
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, USC
Dornsife Director of Faculty Development, USC

Dr. Michael Messner received his B.A. and M.A. from C.S.U. Chico. Following this, he received his Ph.D. in sociology at U.C. Berkeley. After receiving his degree, Dr. Messner embarked on his teaching career. Over the span of a decade, he taught at four community colleges, an Air Force base, a maximum security prison and three Claifornia State Universities before settling in to his current position with the University of Southern California in 1987.

In his own words, his research focuses on how social relations in gender have changed over the last 40 years. A key focus point is the effects of the social justice movements of the 60's and 70's. Messner studies how the current state of the world is shaped by these movements, and what future movements may develop out of the current environment. His research centers on three areas: gender and sport; sports media; and men, feminism, and politics. 

Dr. Messner has been honored with the Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women's Law Center, the Feminist Mentoring Award from the Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association in recognition of contributions to the understanding of women's lives.

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