Chesney-Lind, Meda (1947–)
Kimberly L. Freiberger
Meda Chesney-Lind, professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was a pioneer in juvenile justice and feminist criminology in the early 1970s, a time when, as she says, feminist research was considered a “career killer” (Chesney-Lind, 2000, p. 3). She has written scores of journal articles and book chapters and has authored or edited four books addressing female offending and incarceration. Her contributions to the discipline have been recognized by awards from several professional associations including the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She is a vocal advocate for girls and women, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system. Her scholarship on the sexist treatment of girls in the juvenile justice system and, more recently, soaring rates of women's imprisonment, has focused national attention on these issues. Chesney-Lind revolutionized the field of juvenile justice by drawing attention to the unequal ...