Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Loyola Marymount University and Director of The Center for Women’s Interdisciplinary Research and Education at Claremont Graduate University. She is also Co-founder and Co-director of Feminism and Religion, an international project that explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community.
Gina 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. Gina 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.
As the author of multiple articles and the forthcoming book Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence, and editor of the forthcoming anthology, Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century, 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.
Gina is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 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.