Gina Messina, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Religion and Gender Studies at Ursuline College where she formerly served as Dean. She has taught at multiple universities and is also Co-founder of Feminism and Religion, the global project that explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community; now with readers in 181 countries.
Gina earned her doctorate degree at Claremont Graduate University with a dual focus in women studies in religion and theology, ethics, and culture.
She is the author of Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence (Routledge, 2014), and co-editor of the highly acclaimed Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press, 2015) and Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014). Gina also writes for the Huffington Post and MariaShriver.com. She has given serious attention to issues faced by women in relation to religion, politics and social justice and is also recognized as an expert on Catholicism and Pope Francis.
Gina is a widely sought after speaker and has presented across the US at universities, organizations, conferences, and in the national news circuit including appearances on Tavis Smiley, MSNBC, Boston Public Radio, and the TEDx Stage.
She has also spoken at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations to discuss matters impacting the lives women around the globe. She is active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing for those who have encountered gender-based violence.
Sub-specialties: Pope Francis, Catholicism, Feminism, Motherhood, Women’s Rights, Reproductive Justice, Rape and Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence
BPR: Tragedy in Oregon, Feminist Faith, And A Political Power Couple
WGBH News [October 2, 2015]
Gina Messina-Dysert on Boston Public Radio
Gina Messina-Dysert [November 10, 2015]
MSNBC [November 10, 2015]
Pope's address to bishops may have been his most important
National Catholic Reporter [September 24, 2015]
On being 'doubly othered'
Crux [August 12, 2015]
Why stay? A new book looks at feminists who refuse to give up on faith
The Washington Post [July 30, 2015]
The new feminist revolution in religion
TEDxTalks [November 18, 2014]
Speculation swirls over future of celibacy in priesthood
NBC News [September 12, 2013]
Dr. Messina-Dysert weighs in on the challenges facing the Catholic Church and the future of Catholicism in America
PBS [February 22, 2013]