american men's studies Association

advancing the critical study of men and masculinities  

amsa board of directors


Jeff Cohen, M.A., Ph.D., President (2022)

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Executive Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Jeff's scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, masculinities, and crime, multi-perspective mixed-methods research, and the criminalization of school bullying. He is co-author of Confronting School Bullying: Kids, Culture, and the Making of a Social Problem (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014). His current project is a co-authored book entitled Criminology Explains School Bullying, which is part of a 10-book series that he is co-editing for University of California Press. Jeff lives in Tacoma, WA with his partner and their dogs, cat, and chickens.

Cliff Leek, M.A., Ph.D., Vice-President (2022)

Assistant Professor of Sociology at 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.

Frank G. Karioris, M.A., Ph.D., Recorder (2023)

Visiting Lecturer of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. 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, The Journal of Gender 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. His monograph Educating for Marriage will be released in early 2019 from Lexington Books.

Mark Justad, Ph.D., Treasurer & 2020 Conference Co-Convenor (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. Mark lives in Greensboro, NC with Joanne, a professor at Wake Forest Medical Center, and their two boys, Cole and Cade.

Andrea Waling, Ph.D., Public Relations and Media Officer (2023)

Dr Andrea Waling is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently working across a range of research projects involving explorations of men, sexuality, and bodies; young people and sexual literacy, technologies, sex, and sexual intimacy, and LGBTIQ+ health and well-being. She is author of White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol' Aussie Bloke, book reviews editor for The Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities, and Associate Editor for Frontiers in Sociology and Palgrave Communications. Dr Waling is co-leading a program of research at ARCSHS focusing on the intersections of technology, gender, sexuality, and sexual intimacies. Her DECRA (2020-2022) research project, ‘Sexuality, masculinity and technology: men and intimacy in the digital age’ will explore how young, heterosexual men in Australia are navigating and negotiating intimacy, sex, and consent in wake of #metoo politics and awareness around sexual violence against women.  This DECRA is based on previous work exploring the Dick Pic in popular culture, and young men’s sexting practices, to be published as a monograph entitled Exploring the Cultural Phenomenon of the Dick Pic in the Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture series with Routledge Press in 2022. This DECRA is also a partner project to an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2019-2021) led by Dr Jennifer Power with Dr Waling as a co-investigator exploring biomedical, biomechanical, and biodigital technologies and their impact on the sexual and intimate lives of Australians.

Jonathan A. Allan, Ph.D. (2021)

Canada Research Chair and Professor at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. He teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Dr. Allan is an editor for Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities, and Associate Editor of Journal of Popular Romance Studies. He is the author of Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus and Men, Masculinities, and Popular Romance. His forthcoming book, Uncut: A Cultural Analysis of the Foreskin, is a study of the foreskin that brings together literary studies, religious studies, the biomedical sciences, sexuality studies, and critical theory. His current project, Men, Masculinity, and the Procreative Realm, seeks to study men’s experiences of infertility. He is also a co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded project called “Changing rural masculinities and mental wellness: a Prairie case study.”

Robert Cserni, M.A. (2022)

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. His research topics include masculinities, sexualities, globalization, and technology. His current work focuses on how technologically-mediated processes of globalization of gay culture influence the (re)constructions of sexualities and sexual identities of gay men/men who have sex with men. He is the managing editor of Men and Masculinities and a program director at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM). He has a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (Stony Brook University, 2015), and is a certified group facilitator (University of Haifa, 2012). His M.A. in Sociology is from University of Haifa (2012), where he studied the effects of Internet usage on LGBT youth's social capital.

Paola Ehrmantraut, M.A., Ph.D, 2020 Conference Co-Convenor (2022)

Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.



Anna M. Klonkowska, Ph.D. (2023)

Dr. Anna M. Klonkowska is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Gdansk. She is a sociologist, psychologist and philosopher. She has authored and co-authored numerous English and Polish publications in the field of transgender studies and masculinity studies. Anna Klonkowska is a recipient of the Fulbright Foundation Senior Research Award, Chair in Transgender Studies Research Fellowship (the Transgender Archives), NAWA Bekker Programme Research Award, Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship, Bednarowski Trust Fellowship, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship.

Krizia Nardini, M.Phil., Ph.D. (2021)

Researcher, educator 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

Joseph Derrick Nelson, Ph.D. (2023)

Dr. Joseph Derrick Nelson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. As a sociologist of education, his research examines race, boyhood, and schooling within learning environments that largely serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. His multi-year projects to date have led to publications with Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, and co-editing a special issue on boys’ education with the Journal of Boyhood Studies. He recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Boyhood in the United States, and his forthcoming book with Harvard Education Press is entitled, Unjust Resilience: Black Boyhood, Academic Success, and the Middle School Crisis. In public media, his research has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. This year, he was named an Editor-In-Chief of the historic journal, Men and Masculinities. In his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Nelson taught first-grade in a single-sex classroom of boys of color, in the high-poverty neighborhood where he grew up.

Alvaro Ojalvo, M.A. (2021)

Assistant Professor at Universidad Nacional AndrĂ©s 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. (2023)

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.


Ledric Sherman, Ph.D. (2023)

Received his PhD from Texas A&M University in August of 2013. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Sherman begin his career at Texas A&M as an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) and remained in this position until completing his doctoral program in Health Education. Upon completing his doctoral degree, he was hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Health. After being in this position for two years, he was then promoted to an Assistant Professor position within the department. Dr. Sherman's research interests are focused on Type 2 diabetes self-management, Men's health, Quality and quantity of life among persons living with type 2 diabetes, and health education and wellness promotion. Dr. Sherman enjoys teaching and mentoring students to help prepare them for the next chapter in their in lives, both professionally and personally. Dr. Sherman has taught undergraduate courses in Environmental Health, Grant Writing, Healthy Lifestyles, and Contemporary Issues for Community Health Interns. He also has experience in teaching Program Planning for graduate students.

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


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