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Jackson  Katz

Jackson Katz

World-Leading Educator on Gender & Violence

Jackson Katz

World-Leading Educator on Gender & Violence


Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and scholar-activist who is internationally renowned for his groundbreaking work in the promotion of gender equity and prevention of gender-based violence, as well as his pioneering contributions to media literacy education. He is also one of the world’s leading experts on the role of masculinity in politics – especially presidential politics.

An acclaimed orator and lecturer, Katz has delivered thousands of lectures and conducted hundreds of leadership trainings in all fifty states, eight Canadian provinces, and every continent except Antarctica.
Katz’s dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations combine cutting-edge analysis of masculinity, media, sex, and politics with a call to action – especially for men. He headlines fundraisers, delivers conference keynotes, and conducts leadership training for leaders in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and around the world.

His TEDx talk, Violence Against Women is a Men's Issue, has been translated into 27 languages and has more than 5.5 million total views.

With a passionate communication style that leavens topics of grim seriousness with moments of lightness and humor, Katz’s work invites men into the conversation, rather than indicts them as potential misogynists and abusers.  

Dr. Katz is the creator and co-founder of the mixed-gender, multiracial Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention initiatives in North America and beyond, and the first major program of its kind in the college and professional sports culture, and all branches of the U.S. military.

His award-winning films include the classic Tough Guise series, The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots, and The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump.

His books include the classic bestseller The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. His new book, due from Penguin Random House in fall 2024, is Every Man: Why Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue, and How You Can Make a Difference.

In his talks, Katz draws lessons and shares anecdotes from more than 27 years of experience doing leadership training with senior and junior military officers and enlisted leaders in the U.S., British, and Australian militaries. He has also conducted countless gender equity leadership trainings for everyone from C-Suite executives to workers on the shop floor. In addition to the sports, military, and law enforcement sectors, he and his colleagues have worked with numerous prominent companies in finance, manufacturing, and entertainment.

Katz’s thought-provoking and inspiring presentations offer ways for audiences to think about identity, belonging and purpose that transcend narrow categories and encourage everyone -- with a particular emphasis on men -- to do more to promote gender equity and justice – among the most crucial issues of our time.

Speaker Videos

Tedx: Violence against women—it's a men's issue

Tough Guise Documentary Trailer

Changing the Culture of Men

Reshaping Masculinity

Speech Topics

Every Man: Why Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue

Violence & Silence: The Role of Bystanders in Ending Sexual Assault

Taking It Personally: Why Gender Violence Prevention is an Issue for Men

The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump

My Gun’s Bigger Than Yours: Masculinity and Violence in Media, Politics, and Real Life


Books & Media


The Macho Paradox