Girls in Justice

Meda Chesney-Lind

Past-President of the American Society of Criminology; Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind is the Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Past-President of the American Society of Criminology. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her testimony before the US Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. In 2013, the Western Society of Criminology named an award after her honoring “significant contributions to the fields of gender, crime and justice” and made her the inaugural recipient. In 2017, she was elected President of the American Society of Criminology and is currently serving as Past President of the Society.

Her areas of teaching and research specializations include Criminology with a specific focus on girls’ delinquency and women’s crime; issues of girls’ programming and women’s imprisonment; youth gangs; the sociology of gender with an emphasis on women and systems of social control; and victimization of women and girls.

Learn more about Meda Chesney-Lind’s work:

Running the Gauntlet: Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation and the Pathways Perspective to Female Offending. (2016) with L. Pasko

Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice. (2014) with R.G. Shelden

Are Girls Getting Tougher, or Are We Tougher on Girls? Probability of Arrest and Juvenile Court Oversight in 1980 and 2000. (2011) with T. Stevens & M. Morash

Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency. (2010) with M.A. Zahn, R. Agnew, D. Fishbein, S. Miller, G. Dakoff, C. Kruttschnitt, P. Giordano, D.C. Gottfredson, A.A. Payne, & B.C. Feld

Under Lock and Key: Trauma, Marginalization, and Girls’ Juvenile Justice Involvement. (2010) with L. Pasko

Girls and Violence: Is the Gender Gap Closing? (2004)

Are Girls Getting More Violent?: Exploring Juvenile Robbery Trends. (2001) with V. Paramore

Gender Bias and Juvenile Justice Revisited: A Multiyear Analysis. (2001) with J.M. MacDonald

Challenging Girls’ Invisibility in Juvenile Court. (1999)

Girls in Jail (1988). 


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