Jackson Katz, Founder & Director

Jackson Katz, Founder & Director

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of MVP Strategies. He co-founded the MVP Program in 1993 at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He is the primary author of the program’s groundbreaking curricular materials. He is one of the key architects of the bystander approach to gender violence prevention.

Jackson has delivered thousands of lectures and conducted trainings in 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and many countries around the world. He is the creator of the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2. He is featured in many popular documentaries, including Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In, and Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.

He is the author of numerous articles and 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. His TED talk, “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 3.5 million times.

Jackson holds a B.A. 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.

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