Professor & Graduate Advisor,
Women's Studies Program,
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
crime, delinquency, gender and justice
Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, Meda Chesney-Lind has served as vice president of the American Society of Criminology and president of the Western Society of Criminology. She is an outspoken advocate for girls and women, particularly those who find their way into the criminal justice system. Her work on the problem of sexism in the treatment of girls in the juvenile justice system was partially responsible for the recent national attention devoted to services to girls in that system. More recently, she has worked hard to call attention to the soaring rate of women's imprisonment and the need to vigorously seek alternatives to women's incarceration. She has received numerous national awards for her contributions to the field of criminology.