Cliff Leek, M.A., Ph.D., President (2018)
Assistant Professor of Sociology a the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. His scholarship focuses on the ways in which people in positions of power and privilege engage in social justice movements, and specifically on how men engage in feminism and white people engage in anti-racism. He teaches courses on gender, race and racism, and sociological methods. He currently serves on the steering committee for the North American MenEngage Network and was formerly Program Director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities and Managing Editor of the journal Men and Masculinities.
Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Fairness – The Commentary, Menstuff, and other publications and forums around the country, and is the proud father of a grown son and the grandfather of an elementary school grandson.
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.
Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and recipient of the 2017 American Men’s Studies Association Loren Frankel Scholarship.
Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. 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 Associate Faculty Member for the UNL Women’s and Gender Studies program. Her interests include college men’s involvement in sexual violence prevention and social justice work, feminist therapy, and body positivity.
A core faculty member of the Women’s & Gender Studies program and Lecturer in Sociology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His scholarship focuses primarily on masculinities and power. He has published two chapters in edited volumes exploring different aspects of gendered identity development within the realm of commodity culture. Currently, he is working on Beached White Male: Imperiled Masculinity in the Great Recession that interrogates the ways narratives of crisis tied to white-collar white masculinity were created, disseminated, and deployed during the Great Recession and uneven recovery. In addition to his scholarly research, he has taught a wide array of classes, including Gender Justice, Sociology of Men & Masculinities, Gender & Sexuality in American Popular Culture, Gender and Consumer Culture, and Contemporary Feminist Theory.
Assistant Professor of Sociology & General Education and Director of the Center for Critical Gender Studies 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.
Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His Ph.D. is from Purdue University and 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.
Researcher, educator and a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Gender Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Trained in Philosophy (University of Siena) and Gender Studies (MPhil, Utrecht University), her PhD thesis addresses the ways in which men’s practices can be reconfigured through the involvement of men in gender justice mobilization in Italy and Spain. She is part of the research group “MEDUSA: genders in transition, masculinities, bodies and technoscience” at the university, and her research interests include: feminist epistemologies and critical theories, feminist (new) materialisms, gender justice activisms, ethnography, anthropology of the body, food justice. Committed to socially engaged scholarship, she serves as educator in gender justice, sexual-affective education and GBV prevention, and acts as consultant for MenEngageEurope. In 2015 she founded with Begonya Enguix and Paco Abril (UOC, Barcelona) the project Men in Movement, organizing yearly international conferences bringing together researchers, activists and professionals in the field of gender justice and masculinities; in November 2017 “Men in Movement, III: Decolonizing Masculinities: (Re) configuring Bodies, Affects and Politics.” Her publications include academic and advocacy articles, and in 2017 she co-edited with Stefano Ciccone the special issue on masculinities for About Gender – International Journal of Gender Studies
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.
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.
Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships at Promundo-US in Washington, D.C. Previously he worked at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health as the Deputy and Technical Director of a large USAID-funded project focusing on social norms change to promote adolescent well-being; as Director of International Programs for the South African nongovernmental organization Sonke Gender Justice; and with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Health Organization. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the PhD at University College London’s Institute for Global Health, where his research focused on men’s SRH attitudes and practices in Malawi.
Research Fellow 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.