BiographyGina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College. She has taught at multiple universities including Claremont Graduate University, Loyola Marymount University, John Carroll University and Notre Dame College. Messina-Dysert is also Co-founder of FeminismandReligion.com, the global project that explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community.
Messina-Dysert earned her doctorate degree at Claremont Graduate University with a dual focus in women studies in religion and theology, ethics, and culture and completed a Master of Arts in religious studies at John Carroll University. Messina-Dysert also earned a Master of Business Administration with a dual focus in organizational leadership and marketing at the University of Findlay and completed her undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University.
Messina-Dysert has given serious attention to issues faced by women in relation to religion and social justice. Her research interests are theologically and ethically driven, involve a feminist and interdisciplinary approach, and are influenced by her activist roots and experience working with survivors of rape and domestic violence.
Messina-Dysert 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 and MSNBC. 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 continues to be active in movements to end violence against women and explores opportunities for spiritual healing for those who have encountered gender-based violence.
You can connect with Gina Messina-Dysert on Facebook, Twitter @FemTheologian, and on her website http://ginamessinadysert.com.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Feminist theology, women's studies in theology, rape culture, women's suffering, violence against women, religion and technology
Published: Mar 13, 2015
Co-founders and contributors of Feminism and Religion including founding mother Rosemary Radford Ruether comment on this cutting project that brings together feminist voices from multiple religious and cultural backgrounds in an effort to expand borders.
Published: Mar 13, 2015
In her witty and powerful talk Gina Messina-Dysert ‘confesses’ her Catholic feminist identity. She discusses the connection between feminism and religion and the ways social media has created a space for women’s voices. In the end, Gina calls for every person to recognize her/his feminist potential, to claim power, and to be fearless.