Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender and violence. In 1993 he co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The mixed-gender, multiracial MVP program is one of the longest-running and most widely influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in high schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the "bystander" approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. In 1997 Katz created and directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide bystander intervention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. MVP has also worked with the U.S. Army on bases in the States and overseas in Iraq. Katz's award-winning educational videos Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood, Spin The Bottle, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In, and his thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement.

His TED talk, "Violence against Women is a Men's Issue," has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. He is the author of an influential book entitled The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Katz is an acclaimed public lecturer who speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media, and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Since 1990, he has lectured at over 2500 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and across Europe, Australia and other countries. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

Media Inquiries

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

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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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