Jackson Katz, PhD
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, race and violence. In 1993, Katz 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, sexual harassment, and relationship abuse prevention programs in high schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. Among its many accomplishments, MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. MVP is also the first large-scale gender violence prevention program in the sports culture and the U.S. military. In 1997, Katz founded MVP Strategies, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention training for small and large companies, educational institutions and community organizations. Katz is the creator of the award-winning and widely used Tough Guise educational documentaries. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. He has appeared on radio and TV programs across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The CBS Morning Show. His TED talk, “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 3.5 million times. He lectures and trains widely in the U.S. and around the world.