Gina Messina, Ph.D. is an author, scholar, and change agent. Well recognized as an expert practitioner, Gina has an international platform and has spoken at universities, organization, and conferences. She has also presented at the Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations on multiple occasions and in the national news circuit with appearances on MSNBC, PBS, NPR, and SiriusXM Radio. Gina has been welcomed to the TEDx Stage and has been featured in The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, The Religion News Service, and The National Catholic Reporter among others.
She has written for The Huffington Post and is the author or editor of five books including the highly acclaimed Faithfully Feminist. Her publications Women Religion Revolution and Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence were named in the top 100 books on women’s spirituality.
She serves as Associate Professor of gender and religious studies at Ursuline College and is co-founder of FeminismandReligion.com, recently ranked number nine in the top 50 news and blogging sites on religion and read in 181 countries.
"One of the most creative scholars in the U.S. today.”
DON C. BENJAMIN, PH.D., ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Through her research and collaborative efforts, Gina has been on a journey to create the sacred self; a call for each of us to embrace self-love and care, to recognize ourselves as sacred beings, and find joy in our relationships with one another. As a self-identified intersectional feminist, Gina is committed to social justice and inclusivity, understanding feminism as a liberative movement to uproot oppression wherever it exists.
She defines spirituality as that which is life-giving and connects us to one another; an idea she believes can be embraced and incorporated into all religious and philosophical practices. Through her writings, retreats, teaching practices, and mentoring, Gina is a collaborator on the incredible journey we each find ourselves trekking.