Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Board of Directors


Cliff_LeekCliff Leek, M.A., Ph.D., President (2018)

Program Director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University (SUNY) in Stony Brook, New York. 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. His Ph.D. dissertation was 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.

Jonathan AllanJonathan A. Allan, Ph.D., Vice President (2018)

Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University in Brandon, 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.

Deis-ElizabethElizabeth Deis, M.A., Ph.D., Recorder (2018)

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 Justad, Ph.D., Treasurer (2018)

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 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, a professor at Wake Forest Medical Center, and their two boys, Cole and Cade.

Marcus E. Sharpe, M.A., Psy.D., Director of Communication and Outreach (2019)

Senior Instructor in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon with additional part-time instructional responsibilities at the Yamhill Valley Campus of Chemeketa Community College. His clinical expertise includes diagnosing and treating psychological trauma within the African-American community, men and masculinities, issues impacting the health and psychological well-being of same-gender loving (SGL) men, addictive behaviors, juvenile delinquency, and cross-cultural dimensions of death and dying. Dr. Sharpe serves as an educator, mentor, advocate, and community consultant. Chief among his current areas of interest are the development and implementation of policies related to violence and community policing, self-care for those living with HIV/AIDS, increasing cultural competency for White caregivers raising Black children, increasing postsecondary educational opportunities for students of color, and addressing the needs of African-American students in attendance at predominantly White institutions (PWI).

Shafer, KevinKevin Shafer, M.A., Ph.D., Director of Membership (2018)

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.

Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D., Past President (2018)

Associate Professor of the School of Social Work 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.

Robert N MinorRobert 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.

Stephen B. Boyd, M.Div, Th.D (2019)

John Allen Easley Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, teaching courses on the history of Christianity and Christian thought, gender studies, and religion and public life. He has been awarded The Don Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service (2005) and the The Reid Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1989), and has authored Pilgram Marpeck: His Life and Social Theology (Duke University Press, 1992); The Men We Long to Be (Harper San Francisco 1995 & Pilgrim Press, 1997); and (editor) Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculine Identity (Westminster/John Knox, 1996). His most recent book, Making Justice Our Business: The Wrongful Conviction of Darryl Hunt and the Work of Faith (Wipf & Stock, 2011) deals with race, religion and the criminal justice system. He has also served as co-chair of the Men’s Studies in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion and as President of the American Men’s Studies Association.

Don Conway-Long, M.A., Ph.D (2017)
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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.

Frank G. Karioris, M.A., Ph.D., 2018 Conference Coordinator  (2019)

Assistant Professor of Sociology & General Education at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is the editor (with Drs Andrea Cornwall and Nancy Lindisfarne) of the recent collection Masculinities Under Neoliberalism (Zed Books 2016) and has published on the topic of masculinities in various peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Men’s Studies and Culture Unbound. His current work has explored issues related to heterosexual bareback sex; men’s friendships, education, and Foucault; and the role of teaching in the neoliberal university, and he is currently working on a co-authored monograph with Dr. Jonathan A. Allan titled The Full Package: Aesthetics, Masculinity, and the Market.

Nicholas P. Marino, M.A., Ph.D. (2019)

Graduate Assistant and Instructor in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana where he completed his Ph.D. after receiving his M.A. in English and American Literature from Georgetown University.  He is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests that include American studies, masculinity studies, professional writing, queer temporality, visual culture, film theory, and gender and sexuality studies and digital humanities.

B-MarksBryant T. Marks, M.S, Ph.D. (2017)

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.

Shane Miller, M.A., Ph.D. (2017)

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.

JamieMitchellJamie Mitchell, M.S.W, Ph.D. (2017)

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.

Alvaro-OjalvoAlvaro Ojalvo, M.A.  (2017)

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, the Master in History emphasizing Ethno-history from the Universidad de Chile, and is pursuing his doctorate in history at the University of Buenos Aires.  His research explores the historical construction of Latin American colonial and contemporary masculinities.

Dominic Ording, M.A., Ph.D. (2019)

Assistant Professor of English/American Literature and Gender Studies at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, with specializations in 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, and Writing Studies.

Andrea Waling, Ph.D., 2018 Conference Coordinator  (2019)

Research officer in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research and teaching interests include theoretical and empirical examinations of men and masculinity, investigations of sex and gender in the media, sexualization and raunch culture, men’s bodies, men’s health, and LGBTIQ+ issues. Her PhD thesis is currently being adapted into a book entitled White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke for publication in 2019.  She is currently working on a number of research projects, such as Muscling Up: Australian Men, Sexualisation and Body Image Enhancement (2015-2017), an Australian Research Council Discovery project that seeks to investigate the body image-enhancing practices of Australian men in relation to broader issues of masculinity and embodied subjectivity in late modernity and on a small pilot study exploring how men’s motivations for sending ‘Dick Pics’ are framed in contemporary media. Outside of ARCSHS, Dr. Waling is a CI on a series of research collaborations investigating LGBTIQ+ experiences of safety in tertiary education, and exploring the experiences of older men in Men’s Sheds. She also engages in volunteer community work with the trans and gender diverse community in Melbourne, and has published her research in journals such as Men and Masculinities, and Health and Social Care in the Community.

** Dates after each Board member’s name indicate final year of service of their current term on the Board.