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.

Global thought leader in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence.

Dynamic and acclaimed public speaker and master trainer.

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 assault 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 gender violence prevention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. MVP has also worked extensively on U.S. Army bases in the States and overseas in Iraq.

From 2000-2003 he served on the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, and over the years he has served as subject matter expert on numerous state and federal projects in the area of gender violence prevention education.

Dynamic and acclaimed public speaker and master trainer.

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 nearly 3 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 the critically acclaimed Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity.

Katz is a celebrated public speaker who lectures extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to gender-based violence and other forms of interpersonal abuse and harassment, with special focus on the role of media, social norms, and institutional and cultural leadership in the shaping of multiracial, multinational masculinities.

Since 1990, he has presented at over 2700 colleges and universities, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and on six continents, including multiple countries in Europe and Asia.

Katz is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, (HOT LINK) which provides gender violence prevention education and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors.

He holds 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.


“In his latest film, Tough Guise 2, Jackson Katz helps us understand the violence men do to themselves and to others, and he does that more compellingly and vividly than has ever been done before.”

-Dr. Tom Digby,
Professor of Philosophy at Springfield College & Author of Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance