Lisa Pasko is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she received her M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, both in sociology. For the past ten years, she has been involved in criminal justice research. As project coordinator for the University of Hawaii Youth Gang Project, she evaluated numerous prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth. As juvenile justice research analyst for the Attorney General, she developed profiles of the serious juvenile offender and the female juvenile offender in Hawaii. She is co-author of two books: The Female Offender and Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings. Additionally, Dr. Pasko has published in a variety of other areas: an ethnography of stripping, an examination of ethnic disparities in federal drug offense sentencing, a feminist analysis of restorative justice initiatives, and a process evaluation of Girls Court--a court-based, gender-responsive program for female juvenile probationers. Recently she received a grant from the Division of Criminal Justice to investigate girls' experiences both inside and outside the justice system in Colorado. Her research also includes an overall examination of the historical construction and treatment of sexuality in the juvenile justice system.
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