The Board of Directors of the American Men’s Studies Association at its Annual Meeting on March 30, 2017 elected Cliff Leek as its new president. He will be replacing Daphne Watkins who is stepping down after being the first woman and African-American president of AMSA.
Cliff Leek is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Stony Brook University (SUNY) in New York, and Program Director for its Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. His scholarship focuses on the ways in which people in positions of power and privilege engage in social justice movements. More specifically, he studies how men engage in feminism and how white people engage in anti-racism.
He is currently writing his dissertation on the funding and politics of non-governmental organizations engaging men in gender justice work and is a founding editor of the Masculinities 101 blog and a research fellow with the Men Advocating Real Change initiative of Catalyst Inc.
Dr. Watkins is Associate Professor of the School of Social Work, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Faculty Associate at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her interests include: gender disparities in mental illness; health education and behavior; and intervention research.
She steps down to concentrate on her family and her research which explores how gender role socialization influences mental health over the adult life course for black men. An anthropologist and health educator by training, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to extend the current scholarship on mental health disparities and how they impact communities of color.
At the annual membership meeting during the 2017 AMSA Conference, she gave her final presidential address. “I am proud to call AMSA my interdisciplinary home. There is so much for us to be proud of as an organization….When I joined AMSA a decade ago, it was because I did not want to limit myself to the possibilities that lie in understanding my work with men exclusively form the perspective of one discipline. Instead, I wanted to maximize my understanding and passion for helping men, particularly men of color, from a multitude of disciplines….I imagine that you share my passion for the critical study of men and masculinities and my desire to make a difference.”