Current title/affiliation/professional role(s):

photo_MemberSpotllight_KahnI am a professor and chair of psychology at Curry College in Milton, MA.  I also run a consultation business in the Boston area called Consonance Collaborative.

When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining?

I am a recently new member of the division (joined approximately two years or so ago).  I was interested in joining for two primary reasons.  First, I wanted to find a way to hear about up and coming conferences and events relating to men and masculinity.  Joining the listserv has been very helpful in this regard.  Second, I wanted to stay on top of new research being conducted in the field of psychology on men and masculinity.  I am a member of several organizations that do this kind of work from a research and activist perspective and really value the history and perspectives shared via SPSMM.

What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division?

I have just begun to make some contacts within the division which have been very valuable. I am hoping those connections will develop over time. Finding folks who have shared visions and concerns and value methodological and epistemological approaches to understanding and assisting men and masculinity is definitely important to my work as a psychologist. I have not yet had the opportunity to attend or present at a conference, but hope to do so in the near future.

What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?

Research

I am excited that this year I published my first text which is called “An Introduction to Masculinities” which has been getting some really nice reviews in the last few months.  Upon its completion, I have been working on material for my second text which includes the use of dialogical self theory to understand ways in which diverse groups of men construct alternative masculinities as a way to resist male dominance and form community spirit and pride.  Last year I focused on a group of young men of color working in a violence prevention agency and this year I am focusing on a queer theater organization.  My hope is to explore several other organizations and understand both what makes them unique and ultimately what ties them together as examples of diverse hegemonic-resistant masculinities.

Teaching

In my department I teach courses involving gender and counseling.  In fact, my course “Men, self, and society” was the inspiration for writing the intro to masculinities text.  I am now in the process of developing courses more closely aligned to community psychology which will encourage students to learn new content, participate in community action research, and act in ways that encourages community service, change and development.

Activism

In addition to my research work I also participate in activism and community work to apply the educational content to communities in which I live and work.  I am an active emember of the National organization for Men Against Sexism, Boston chapter (www.nomasboston.org) Through NOMASB my primary role has been in supporting, leading, and organizing profeminist discussion groups for male-identified people.  These groups have helped provide a place for men to challenge each other to find ways of living with others authentically and without dominance in a supportive and challenging environment.  The groups do not argue theoretical perspectives but rather focus on lived-lives and pushing one another to be better people.  NOMASB has been really wonderful and has grown a lot in the last three years.  We have also been active in supply drives, community trainings, book clubs, and other events that encourage men to work together toward the tenets of the organization which include profeminism, racial equality, lgbt justice and enhancing men’s lives.

Through my consultation work I hope to take useful theoretical frameworks and assist organizations in finding hands-on ways of applying the ideas.  I have done presentations to (a) mental health agencies on social class, (b) colleges on profeminist sexual harassment training (c) community centers to understand the connections between heterosexism/transphobia and racism.  I very much enjoy this work as I find ways of working with other amazing professionals in the Boston area and developing new and unique programs for specific needs of our community.