Chesney-Lind article is most-cited in Feminist Criminology

Meda Chesney-Lind’s 2006 article, “Patriarchy, Crime, and Justice: Feminist Criminology in an Era of Backlash”, was the most cited article in Feminist Criminology as of September 1, 2010, according to Sage Journals Online.

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First copies of “Fighting for Girls” delivered from publisher

The first author’s copies of “Fighting for Girls” arrived in Honolulu last week from SUNY Press, and the book is now shown as available from

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Arrest Trends, Gang Involvement, and Truancy in Hawaii

Arrest Trends, Gang Involvement, and Truancy in Hawaii:
An Interim Report to the Twenty-Second Hawaii State Legislature

Prepared by:
Meda Chesney-Lind, Principal Investigator

Lisa Pasko, Project Coordinator
Nancy Marker, Educational Specialist
Shayna Freeman and Joanne Nakano, Research Assistants

February 2004

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“Bad Girls Go Wild?”

On February 1, 2007, Professor Chesney-Lind presented the annual Beto Chair Lecture at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

A video of her presentation, “Bad Girls Go Wild? Media Hype and Trends in Girls’ Violence and Aggression,” can be viewed at the Beto Lecture Archives.

The series is named for George John Beto, who served as a professor of criminology and corrections at Sam Houston State University from 1972 until 1991. Beto was appointed to the Texas Prison Board in 1953, and was director and chief of chaplains for the Texas Department of Corrections from March 1962 until 1972. He was a member of the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission, 1973-74, and a member of the Texas Youth Commission board, 1975-78.

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New York Times Op-Ed: “The Myth of Mean Girls”

An op-ed by Meda Chesney-Lind and Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, appeared in the NY Times on April 1, 2010.

They wrote:

We have examined every major index of crime on which the authorities rely. None show a recent increase in girls’ violence; in fact, every reliable measure shows that violence by girls has been plummeting for years. Major offenses like murder and robbery by girls are at their lowest levels in four decades. Fights, weapons possession, assaults and violent injuries by and toward girls have been plunging for at least a decade.

–>Read the full op-ed

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Feminist Criminologist Meda Chesney-Lind is back online

Welcome to, which is the website of Meda Chesney-Lind, feminist criminologist.

An earlier version of this site recently fell victim to computer hackers, apparently based in Russia, who were able to insert hidden but malicious computer code within the site. This caused parts of the site to stop functioning, and prompted Google to add an “Alert” warning potential visitors of the problems.

The site has now been completely rebuilt and is safe to browse. Additional information, including links to Dr. Chesney-Lind’s previously published reports, are slowing being restored.

Check back as additional features are added, or subscribe to the RSS feed in order to automatically keep up with new information as it is posted.

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