Board of Directors
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. Currently, her work 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. Her research agenda aims to (1) use evidence-based strategies to improve the physical and mental health of black men, and (2) increase knowledge about the relationship between culture, gender, and the social determinants that place black men at high risk for poor health status.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Social Work Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, masculinities, and crime, as well as research methodology and restorative justice, and has been published in the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, the Journal of Men’s Studies, the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. He is currently working on several collaborative projects as well as continuing his work in developing a more inclusive and methodologically consistent approach to studying gender in the social sciences based in the application of Integral Theory.
Vicki L. Sommer, Ph.D., ACSW (Recorder) (2016)
Professor of Sociology and Faculty Member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She has been an advocate for the development of the critical study of men and masculinities since first attending the 1994 AMSA Conference. She is committed to curriculum development in gender studies and developed a major in Women’s and Gender Studies at Augustana that includes courses on both American and global masculinities. Her current research projects include media representations, and U.S. and global masculinities curriculum development.
Associate Professor of Communication, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he currently serves as the chair of the Gender Studies Department. His research interests include examining the intersection of sports and gender, particularly the ways in which the performative elements of each impact and inform the other. He also routinely teaches study abroad courses with an emphasis on gender, exploring the way that femininity and masculinity are conceptualized and lived in different cultures.
Professor of Anthropology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has taught courses on men and masculinities since the early 1980s. He was a member of the founding National Council for NOMAS (then NOCM) in the early eighties, a co-founder of RAVEN, St. Louis’s organization dedicated to ending men’s violence, and worked as a facilitator and educator for a dozen years. He teaches subjects such as the Middle East and North Africa, the Islamic world, cross-cultural masculinities, social theory, indigenous peoples, environmental anthropology, global gender and sex, world musics.
Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is an interdisciplinary applied researcher with experience examining the social determinants of cancer disparities for African American men. In particular, she focuses on improving health communication, psychosocial care, and family involvement for African American men at every step on the cancer continuum. Serving as associate director of the Gender and Health Lab at the University of Michigan, Dr. Mitchell collaborates weekly with a diverse group of faculty and students to better understand how the social, cultural, and historical constructions of masculinity intersect with the mental and physical health of men.
Robert N. (Bob) Minor, M.A., Ph.D. (Webmaster) (ex officio)
Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. His fields of study include religion and gender, religion and sexuality, and religion in South Asia. He is the author of eight books, the most recent of which is When Religion Is an Addiction (HumanityWorks!), and numerous articles, the founder of The Fairness Project, and a popular speaker nationally on gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and healthy activism. He writes a column on romance and dating for babyboomers for 50PlusPrime.com and a monthly column for websites such as NBC’s Newsvine, Menstuff, and other publications, and is the proud father of a grown son and the grandfather of a toddler grandson.
Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus (University of Regina Press and Zed Books). His current project, Uncut: The Foreskin Archive, is a study of the foreskin that brings together literary studies, religious studies, the biomedical sciences, sexuality studies, and critical theory. In sum, his work seeks to expand understandings of masculinities in literary and cultural studies by drawing on queer theory as a model through which to trouble boundaries and to admit the complexity of human identities.
Associate Director of Student Involvement specializing in Gender Programs, and Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with emphases in Counseling and Gifted Education and a doctorate in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Educational Leadership in Higher Education. She initiated and advises PREVENT, a relationship violence prevention peer education student organization, and Men @ Nebraska, a student organization that provides support for college men to explore masculinities. She developed and teaches the first Introduction to Men’s Studies course offered at UNL and is a Campus and Community Associate Faculty Member for the UNL Women’s and Gender Studies program. Her research interests include college men’s involvement in sexual violence prevention and social justice work, feminist therapy, and body image.
Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. Her scholarship focuses on social constructions of men’s and women’s roles in the literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries and on the real-life repercussions of gender constructions in education and marriage. At Hampden-Sydney, Professor Deis teaches literature and writing courses that focus on these issues and is a member of the Committee on Masculinity Studies. She has played a role in planning, and has also been a speaker at, several campus symposia focusing on various aspects of masculinity studies, and in recent years has worked with colleagues at the four all-male American colleges to create links not only with each other but also with AMSA.
Mark Giesler, M.S.W., Ph.D. (2016)
Associate Professor of Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan. His research interests include men and masculinities on the margins of gender identity and sexual orientation and child welfare issues. He is the recent recipient of two research grants, one from SVSU and the other from the Zero to Three Foundation. For the former, he is studying the recruitment and retention experiences of male social work students. For Zero to Three he is co-investigator for a qualitative study exploring the provision of services for infants and toddlers in foster care. He is also on a Board for the Council for Social Work Educators and is his region’s representative for the National Association of Social Workers–Michigan chapter. He is the proud father of two adopted boys.
A pyschotherapist in private practice, Co-Director of the Men’s Resource Center of Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania where he teaches a graduate class on men, masculinity and clinical considerations. He recently retired as Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he taught courses in the area of men and masculinities, sexuality, and social theory. His current research projects include a collaborative study of men’s friendships and emotional intimacy, and the study of “differently straight males” – including straight-identified males who embrace feminism and are committed to ending the effects of homophobia in their lives, and who are pursuing greater emotional intimacy in their relationships. Heasley is the co-editor of Sexual Lives: A Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities (Heasley & Crane, McGraw-Hill, 2003) and a range of articles on the topic of men, masculinities and sexualities, and is immediate past president of AMSA.
Director of Inclusion and Diversity at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, has been in higher education for 22 years. He served in the United State Air Force as a non-commissioned officer for 12 years. He earned a B.S. in Management Studies, minor in History and Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College, European Division, Heidelberg, Germany and a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson University with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Alexander has conducted various diversity, cultural competence workshops, trainings and presentations at the state, regional and national level to include two-year and four-year institutions, non-profit and for profit organizations. On the national level he has presented at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, Overcoming Racism Conference, White Privilege Conference, Black and Brown College Bound Summit, American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention, the American Association of Community Colleges System Office, Courageous Conversations Summit and the American Education Research Association Conference.
Director of the Center for Principled Problem Solving and a member of the Religious Studies faculty at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is immediate past President of AMSA, has held the positions of Treasurer and Communications Director, and has served as AMSA Conference Program Chair, Conference Publicity Chair, and as Conference Site Coordinator. Mark earned the Master’s of Divinity Degree from Harvard University and the PhD. in Religion from Vanderbilt University. His doctoral dissertation, “On the Problem of Masculinity: Toward Phallic Values of Connection,” was his initial extended foray into the critical study of men and masculinities. His teaching focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and social location as they impact the religious and theological imaginations. He is committed to advancing scholarship in the critical study of men and masculinities through the work of AMSA and its affiliated journal the Journal of Men’s Studies. Mark lives in Greensboro, NC with Joanne and their two boys, Cole (20) and Cade (15).
PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Stony Brook University (SUNY) in New York, and Program Director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Cliff’s 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. Cliff is also a founding editor of the Masculinities 101 blog and a research fellow with the Men Advocating Real Change initiative of Catalyst Inc.
Professor of Family Studies at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a licensed MFT in the state of Michigan. His early academic research focused on the measurement of empathy, and the role empathy plays within intimate relationships. He has taught university classes on fatherhood, and done individual therapy and small group clinical work with men. For the last five years his research has involved qualitative interviews with men, concerning their relationships as both fathers and sons.
Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, and Executive Director of the Morehouse Research Institute. He is a commissioner with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and is Co-Chair of Morehouse’s Student Development Committee and a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. His expertise includes the psychology of Black males, innovations in STEM education, and the psychological impact of the Black college experience. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Morehouse College and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.
Assistant Professor at Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile, teaching Latin America indigenous cultures. He holds the Bachelor in History from the Universidad Finis Terrae and Master in History emphasizing Ethno-history from the Universidad de Chile. His research explores the historical construction of Latin American colonial and contemporary masculinities.
Assistant Professor of Social Work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His scholarship focuses on predictors and effects of father involvement, men in families, men’s mental health, and the intersections thereof. He conducts his research in both the United States and Brazil and is the principal investigator of the “Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood,” a survey about paternal involvement, mental health, and masculinity. He is also is the co-director of the BYU Men’s Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group focusing on empirical research and interventions that promote men in families, health, well-being, and positive masculinity, and is the proud husband of Melissa and father to three boys and one girl.
** Dates after each Board member’s name indicate final year of service of their current term on the Board.