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Racism/Racial Justice
Violence Against Women
White Privilege
Women & Feminism

Robert Jensen is a scholar, author and longtime activist for women's rights, racial equality, and global justice. He is currently a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics and politics.

Much of his research, writings and lectures focus on the issue of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism as well as on pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality and men’s violence.

Jensen is the author of eight books including The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017), Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog (City Lights, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2001).

Jensen is co-author with Gail Dines and Ann Russo of Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality (Routledge, 1998); and co-editor with David S. Allen of Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression (New York University Press, 1995).

In addition to research, teaching, and his publications, Jensen writes articles for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, and race have appeared in papers and on websites around the world.

Jensen is the co-producer of the documentary film “Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing,” available from the Media Education Foundation. This film follows the life of a 92-year-old activist who served on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, walked the picket lines of the U.S. labor movement, marched for civil rights in Mississippi, and worked for human rights in Nicaragua.

Jensen is also the co-writer/producer of an educational PowerPoint slide show about pornography, “Who wants to be a porn star? Sex and violence in today’s pornography industry.” Information about the show is available at http://stoppornculture.org/ or by writing to [email protected]. He was a consultant to the directors of the documentary "The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships."

Jensen joined the UT faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in media ethics and law in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade.

Jensen is also an activist in Austin – he is founding member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, President of the Board of Directors of Cooperation Texas, a Partner in 5604 Manor Community Center, and Co-Convener of the "Last Sunday" gathering.  He is also involved in the feminist movement against sexual violence and the exploitation of the commercial sex industry and a supporter of efforts to create a sustainable agriculture and support small farmers.

Testimonials

“Very few white writers have been able to point out the pathological nature of white privilege and supremacy with the eloquence of Robert Jensen…He demonstrates not only immense wisdom on the issue of race, but does so in the kind of direct and accessible fashion that separates him from virtually any other academic scholar, or journalist, writing on these subjects today.”

— Tim Wise, anti- racism speaker and author of White Like Me and Dear White America

“With radical honesty, hard facts, and an abundance of insight and compassion, Robert Jensen lays out strategies for recognizing and dismantling white privilege – and helping others to do the same… he is a leading voice in the American quest for justice.”

— Adam Mansbach, author of Angry Black White Boy

“Jensen’s brutally honest assessment of the increasingly pornographic world has never been more difficult to face, but never more necessary.”

— Gail Dines, co-editor of Gender, Race and Class in Media, professor of sociology and women's studies, Wheelock College

Robert Jensen does more than challenge us to think and feel — he also encourages us to transform our lives… Jensen makes a powerful case that we can stop being passive spectators and start being active co-creators of history.”

— Norman Solomon, author and Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy

Speeches
  • The Color of the Race Problem Is White
  • Beyond Multiculturalism: Taking Power & Privilege Seriously
  • We Are All Apocalyptic Now: Moral Responsibilities in Crisis Time
  • Coping with the Cascading Crises of Our World
  • Feminism and Masculinity
  • Pornography, Masculinity, Patriarchy, and the Media
Media