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Meda Chesney-Lind papers

Identifier: UA00056


  • 1930 - 2019



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Biographical / Historical

Born in Woodward, Oklahoma in 1947, Chesney-Lind was raised in Maryland and finished her high school in 1965 as valedictorian. She earned a BA in Sociology with summa cum laude at Whitman College in eastern Washington. Also, her commitment to social activism began with the Anti-Vietnam War Movement in 1969 which influenced her becoming a criminologist. In the same year, she was accepted to the graduate program in sociology at the University of Hawai‘i. Even though she had grown up with stories about Hawai‘i where her mother and grandparents were from, it was her first trip to Hawai‘i. During her master’s study, she develop an interest in the feminist movement and involve in the first CR (consciousness raising) group on campus which comprised the majority of faculty wives and female students.

In 1971, Chesney-Lind went into the doctoral program and began her dissertation on abortion in Hawai‘i in the Sociology Department at the University of Hawai‘i. In 1973, she taught her first class at Honolulu Community College (HCC) as a lecturer and received a full-time position there the next year. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Chesney-Lind taught courses in the largest co-ed prison in Hawaii as part of her teaching load at HCC. In 1977, she completed her doctoral degree. A decade later, she received an Associate Professor position in the Women’s Studies Program at UH Mānoa.

Over the years, she taught courses that focused on the sociology of gender, women, and crime. She also served in multiple leadership roles as the Chair at Women and Crime Division of American Society of Criminology from 1989 to 1991, President of Western Society of Criminology in 1992, and Vice President of American Society of Criminology from 1993 to 1994 and serving as president of the organization in 2018-2019. Moreover, her extensive contribution to the field of feminist criminology has been recognized with a large number of publications and prestigious awards.

In 1992, she received the Paul Tappan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Criminology from the Western Society of Criminology, and Michael J. Hindelang Award for the most Outstanding Scholarship to Criminology from the American Society of Criminology for Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice. In 1994, she was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award, Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. She also received the University of Hawaii Board of Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research in the same year. In 1996, she received the Herbert Block Award for Outstanding Services to the Society and the Profession from American Society of Criminology. In 1997, she received the Cressey Award from National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Morrison-Gitchoff Award, Western Society of Criminology. She was also identified as an “alumna of merit” by Whitman College. Her recent book on girls' use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones) won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

References: Belknap, Joanne. “Meda Chesney-Lind.” Women & Criminal Justice, vol. 15, no. 2, 2004, pp. 1–23.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Curriculum Vita,


The Meda Chesney-Lind Papers comprises five series: University Activities, Professional Services, Research Topics, Correspondences, and Notebooks. Spanning from the 1970s to 2010s, this collection reveals her professional life as a scholar and an activist with a focus on women and crime. It provides valuable research materials about the brutal shakedown of the Oʻahu Community Correctional Center in 1981 and the experience and backgrounds of delinquent girls and incarcerated women in Hawaiʻi.

Separated Materials

The following unannotated publications were removed and their citations are provided for retrieval:

Buckner, John C., and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Dramatic Cures for Juvenile Crime: An Evaluation of a Prisoner-Run Delinquency Prevention Program.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, vol. 10, no. 2, 1983, pp. 227–47,

Chesney-Lind, Meda, and Ian Y. Lind. “Visitors as Victims Crimes Against Tourists in Hawaii.” Annals of Tourism Research, vol. 13, no. 2, 1986, pp. 167–91,

Chesney-Lind, Meda, and James Heasley. “Profs Explain Workload.” Ka Leo O Hawaii, 12 Feb. 1996, p. 4-5.

Chesney-Lind, Meda, and Michele Eliason. “From Invisible to Incorrigible: The Demonization of Marginalized Women and Girls.” Crime, Media, Culture, vol. 2, no. 1, 2006, pp. 29–47,

Chesney-Lind, Meda, and Noelie Rodriguez. “Women Under Lock and Key: A View from the Inside.” The Prison Journal (Philadelphia, Pa.), vol. 63, no. 2, 1983, pp. 47–65,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Female Offenders: Paternalism Re-Examined." Women, the Courts and Equality, edited by Laura L. Crites and Winifred Hepperle. Newbury Park: Sage, 1987, pp. 114-139.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "From Benign Neglect to Malign Attention: A Critical Review of Research Trends in Female Delinquency." Justice for Young Women: Close-Up on Critical Issues, edited by Sue Davidson. Tucson: New Directions for Young Women, 1982, pp. 51-71.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Girls and Violence: An Exploration of Sex Differences in Serious Delinquent Behavior." Childhood Aggression and Violence: Sources of Influence, Prevention and Control, edited by David H. Crowell, Ian M. Evans and Clifford O'Donnell, New York: Plenum, 1987, pp. 207-229.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Guilty By Reason of Sex: Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System." The Criminal Justice System: An Anthology on Women Offenders, Victims and Workers, edited by Natalie J. Sokoloff and Barbara Raffel Price. New York: Clark Boardman, Ltd., 1982, pp. 77-103.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Guilty by Virtue of Sex." Youth Forum, vol. 2, no. 4, Special Issue, 1978, pp. 3.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Patriarchy, Prisons, and Jails: A Critical Look at Trends in Women's Incarceration." The Prison Journal, vol. 51, no. 1, 1991, pp. 51-67.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Rethinking Women's Imprisonment: A Critical Examination of Trends in Women's Incarceration." Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice, edited by Barbara Raffel Price and Natalie Sokoloff, New York: McGraw Hill, 1995. pp. 105-117.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "What To Do About Girls? Promising Perspectives and Effective Programs." The ICCA Journal on Community Corrections. Dec. 1998, pp. 30-32.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Women's Prison Reform in Hawaii: Trouble in Paradise." Jericho. No. 43,1987, pp. 7-8.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. "Young Women and Delinquency." The World and IThe World and I. April, 1990. pp. 481-485.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Canadian Criminal Justice, by Curt T. Griffiths and Simon N. Verdun-Jones. International Criminal Justice Review, vol. 1, no. 1, SAGE Publications, 1991, pp. 155–57,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Crime: Toward a Socialist Feminist Criminology by James W. Messerschmidt. Gender & Society, vol. 3, no. 1, Sage Publications, 1989, pp. 132–34.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions, by Donald A. Schon. Thought and Action, vol. 4, 1988, pp. 131-34.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review ofMen Who Rape, by A. Nicholas Groth and H. Jean Birnbaum. Crime and Delinquency, vol. 27, no. 1, Sage Publications, Inc, 1981, pp. 143–45.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Prisons in Canada, by Luc Gosselin. Social Anarchism, vol. 4, no. 1, 1984, p. 33–36.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Street Woman, by Eleanor M. Miller. Contemporary Sociology, vol. 16, no. 3, 1987, pp. 379-380.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of the Changing Roles of Women in the Criminal Justice System: Offenders, Victims And Professionals, edited by Imogene Moyer. Criminal Justice Policy Review, vol. 5, no. 4, SAGE Publications, 1991, pp. 347–49,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of the Struggle to be Human: Crime, Criminology, and Anarchism, by Larry Tifft and Dennis Sullivan. Social Anarchism, vol. 22, no. 2, 1982, pp. 62-67.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Women and Crack-Cocaine, by James A. Inciardi, et al. The Criminologist, vol. 18, no. 5, 1993, pp. 19-20.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. Review of Women in the Criminal Justice System, by Clarice Feinman. Criminal Justice, vol. 2, 1982, pp. 183-185.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Chivalry Reexamined: Women and the Criminal Justice System.” Women, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System, by Lee H Bowker and Meda Chesney-Lind, Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1978, pp. 197–223.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Domestic Violence: The Criminal Justice Response.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 16, no. 2, 1992, pp. 159–61.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Female Status Offenders and the Double Standard of Juvenile Justice.” International Review of Criminal Policy, Nos. 39 and 40, 1990, pp. 105-112.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Girls and Status Offenses: Is Juvenile Justice Still Sexist?” Criminal Justice Abstracts, vol, 20, no. 1, 1988, pp. 144–165.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Girls in Jail.” Crime and Delinquency, vol. 34, no. 2, 1988, pp. 150–68,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Girls’ Crime and Woman’s Place: Toward a Feminist Model of Female Delinquency.” Crime and Delinquency, vol. 35, no. 1, 1989, pp. 5–29,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Girls, Gangs and Violence: Anatomy of a Backlash.” Humanity & Society, vol. 17, no. 3, 1993, pp. 321–44,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Harsh Penalties don’t Help Society; the Real Victims are Young Women.” Star-Bulletin. 6 Mar. 1995, pp. A9.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Judicial Enforcement of the Female Sex Role: The Family Court and the Female Delinquent.” Issues in Criminology, vol. 8, no. 2, 1973, pp. 51–69.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Judicial Paternalism and the Female Status Offender: Training Women to Know Their Place.” Crime and Delinquency, vol. 23, no. 2, 1977, pp. 121–30,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Juvenile Delinquency: The Sexualization of Female Crime.” Psychology Today, vol. 8, no. 2, 1974, pp. 43–46.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, And Social Control.” Women & Criminal Justice, vol. 4, no. 1, Taylor & Francis LLC, 1992, pp. 177–81.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Policing ‘Domestic’ Violence: Women, the Law and the State.” Crime, Law and Social Change, vol. 15, no. 2, 1991, pp. 157–60.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Re-discovering Lilith: Misogyny and the New Female Criminal.” The Female Offender, Criminology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University, 1980, pp. 1-35.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Sexist Juvenile Justice: A Continuing International Problem.” Resources for Feminist Research, vol. 14, no. 4, 1985, pp. 7–9.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Stating the Case for a Women's Center.” Ka Leo O Hawaii, 17 Apr. 1989, p. 13.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “There's a Better Way to Treat Women Prisoners.” Star-Bulletin, 9 Mar. 1990, p. A-27.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Troubled Kids Need Services-Not Prosecution.” Star-Bulletin, 1 Jan. 1993, p. A-25.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Women’s Prisons: Putting the Brakes on the Building Binge.” Corrections Today, vol. 54, no. 6, 1992, pp. 30–34.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Women, Prison and Crime.” Criminal Justice Review, vol. 17, no. 1, SAGE Publications, 1992, pp. 163–65,

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “Young Women in the Arms of the Law.” Women, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System, by Lee H Bowker and Meda Chesney-Lind, Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1978, pp. 171–196.

Chesney-Lind, Meda. “‘Women and Crime’: The Female Offender.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 12, no. 1, 1986, pp. 78–96,

Daly, Kathleen, and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Feminism and Criminology.” Justice Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 4, 1988, pp. 497–538,

Federle, Katherine and Meda Chesney-Lind. "Special Issues in Juvenile Justice: Gender, Race and Ethnicity." Juvenile Justice and Public Policy: Toward a National Agenda, edited by Ira M. Schwartz, Lexington: Lexington Books, 1992, pp. 165-195.

Ghali, Moheb, and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Gender Bias and the Criminal Justice System: An Empirical Investigation.” Sociology and Social Research, vol. 70, no. 2, 1986, pp. 164–71.

Hancock, Linda, and Meda Chesney-Lind. "Juvenile Justice Legislation and Gender Discrimination." Juvenile Delinquency in Australia, edited by Alan Borowski and James Murray. Australia: Methuen, 1985, pp. 236-252.

Hancock, Linda, and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Female Status Offenders and Justice Reforms: An International Perspective.” Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 15, no. 2, 1982, pp. 109–22,

Herman, Didi. “‘Bad Girls Changed My Life’: Homonormativity in a Women’s Prison Drama.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 20, no. 2, 2003, pp. 141–59,

Hippensteele, Susan K., et al. “Sexual Harassment in Academia: Students’ Reactions to Unprofessional Behavior.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, vol. 3, no. 2, 1992, pp. 315–30,

Immarigeon, Russ, and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Alternatives to Prison Are Few But Effective.” New Directions for Women, March/April, 1990, pp. 10.

Joe, Karen and Meda Chesney-Lind. "Just Every Mother's Angel: An Analysis of Ethnic and Gender Variations in Youth Gang Membership." Gender and Society, vol. 9, no. 4, 1995, pp. 408-431.

Johnson, Ronald C., and Meda Chesney-Lind. “Questions Raised.” Ka Leo O Hawai’i, 5 Nov. 1991.

Morash, Merry, and Meda Chesney-Lind. “A Reformulation and Partial Test of the Power Control Theory of Delinquency.” Justice Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 3, 1991, pp. 347–77,

O'Donnell, Clifford R., Michael J. Manos and Meda Chesney-Lind. "Diversion and Neighborhood Delinquency Programs: A Social Network Interpretation." Behavioral Approaches to Crime and Delinquency: A Handbook of Application, edited by Edward K. Morris and Curtis J. Braukmann. New York: Plenum Press, 1988, pp. 251-269.
Meda Chesney-Lind Papers
Practicum student Wen Lin under the supervision of Helen Wong Smith
December 6, 2022
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