Michael A. Messner

Expert in the sociology of sports, especially related to masculinity and femininity, and youth leagues

Professor of Sociology

Professor of Gender Studies

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • youth sports
  • men’s studies
  • sociology of sports
  • sociology of sex and gender
  • gender and sports media
  • men and masculinity
  • men and feminist politics
  • men’s rights and other movements
  • gamergate and gender attitudes

Additional Information

  • Co-author of Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women (2015)
  • Author of It’s All for the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports (2009); Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity (1992); Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements (1997); Masculinities, Gender Relations and Sport (2000); and Taking the Field: Women, Men and Sports (2002)
  • Co-author of Sex, Violence and Power in Sports: Rethinking Masculinity (1994)
  • Editor of Sport, Men and the Gender Order: Critical Feminist Perspectives (1990) and Men’s Lives, 8th ed. (2010)
  • Co-editor of Through the Prism of Difference: Readings on Sex and Gender (2000)
  • Past President, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • President, Pacific Sociological Association

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