Gina Messina-Dysert completed her Ph.D. at CGU in religion with a focus on women’s studies in religion and theology, ethics, and culture in May, 2011. Currently, Gina is the 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. In addition to her work in the academic setting, Gina is also co-founder and co-director of Feminism and Religion. This international project explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community and now has readers in 181 countries and on every continent around the world.
As the author of multiple articles and the forthcoming book Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence (Acumen Publishing) and co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of the forthcoming anthology, Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge), Gina 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.
As a self identified feminist Catholic theologian, Gina was recently interviewed by PBS’ personality, Tavis Smiley about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the challenges facing the Catholic Church. Focused on women and social justice, she has also spoken at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations on the topic of violence against women. 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. Gina’s website can be accessed at GinaMessinaDysert.com, she can be followed on Twitter @FemTheologian, and on Facebook at Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D.