Chesney-Lind

Meda Chesney-Lind

Professor of Women's Studies and Chair of the Department of Women's Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Chapter Member: Hawaii SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Women

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About Meda

Chesney-Lind teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. One of her recent books on girls’ use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones), won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “focusing America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.”

In the News

Meda Chesney-Lind quoted in Wayne Yoshioka, "Legislation Needed to Help Sex Workers and Runaway Teens" Hawai'i Public Radio, January 17, 2018.
"Girls Need Safety, Opportunity, Not More Policing," Meda Chesney-Lind, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 15, 2017.
Meda Chesney-Lind quoted on catcalling as an assertion of male privilege and power in Danielle Woo, "Catcalling is Not a Compliment: Why Men Catcall Brings Up Bigger Issues than Just Sexuality" Ka Leo , July 1, 2015.
Meda Chesney-Lind quoted on sexual assault on college campuses, "UH Uses Online Training to Help End Campus Sex Assault" Ka Leo , February 26, 2015.
Meda Chesney-Lind quoted on sexual assault policy in Ely Madden, "Policy Allows Student Charged with Sexual Assault to Remain in Dorms" Ka Leo, November 3, 2014.
"We Need Police Accountability in Honolulu," Meda Chesney-Lind (with David T. Johnson and Nicholas Chagnon), Civil Beat, October 6, 2014.
Meda Chesney-Lind quoted on procedures and training at the Honolulu Police Department in Leila Fujimori, "Police Shootings Prompt Questions" Honolulu Star Advertiser, September 14, 2014.
"Some Rescue: The FBI's Dubious War on Street Girls," Meda Chesney-Lind, Feministing, August 26, 2013.
"Honolulu Prosecutor’s Allegiance to the Status Quo Runs against the Evidence," Meda Chesney-Lind (with Kat Brady and Marilyn Brown and Kerry Ann Shiroda), Honolulu Star Advertiser, March 9, 2011.
"Gender Matters in Juvenile Justice," Meda Chesney-Lind (with Francine Sherman), New York Law Journal, December 7, 2010.
"The Myth of Mean Girls," Meda Chesney-Lind (with Michael Males), New York Times, April 2, 2010.
"Hawaii’s Incarceration Rate Proves Costly," Meda Chesney-Lind (with Marilyn Brown), Honolulu Advertiser, November 7, 2008.

Publications

"Violence against Women on Public Transport in Nepal: Sexual Harassment and the Spatial Expression of Male Privilege" (with Gita Neupane). International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice (2013).
Shows how, as women move from lives confined to the domestic sphere, their very spatial mobility might be perceived to be a form of defiance and deviance. Finds that public transport offers males both proximity and anonymity, which, in turn, results in high levels of abuse with very little risk of social or legal consequences.
Feminist Theories of Crime (edited with Merry Morash) (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011).
Re-imagines the field of criminology with insights gleaned from feminist theory and exemplifies the feminist concern for thinking consciously about how and why research should be constructed with the crucial goal of producing knowledge that will promote social justice.
Fighting for Girls (edited with Nikki Jones) (SUNY Press, 2010).
Uses the best data available about actual trends in girls’ uses of violence to find that by virtually any measure, incidents of girls’ violence are going down, not up. Additionally, rather than attributing girls’ violence to personality or to girls becoming “more like boys,” the contributors examine the contexts that produce violence in girls, demonstrating how addressing the unique problems that confront girls in dating relationships, families, school hallways and classrooms, and in distressed urban neighborhoods can help reduce girls’ use of violence.
Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence and Hype (with Katherine Irwin) (Routledge, 2008).
Challenges the characterization of the new "bad girl," arguing that it is only a new attempt to punish girls who are not the stereotypical depiction of "good."
Invisible Punishment: the Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment (edited with Marc Mauer) (The New Press, 2002).
Examines the hidden ramifications of conviction for inmates, ex-felons, their families and the communities they come from.