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Lisa J. Pasko

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Lisa J. Pasko

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall 441
Phone: 303-871-2049
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areas of expertise/research interests

Criminology; Female Offenders; Juvenile Delinquency; Justice; Punishment; Sexualities 

professional biography

Lisa Pasko, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver, has studied adolescent behavior, the female offender, youth violence, delinquency and the juvenile justice system, and sexualities for over 15 years. Her dissertation examined juvenile delinquency and justice in Hawaii, with particular attention on the differential impacts institutional policies and decision-making have on boys and girls. Prior to her arrival at DU, she worked for the Department of the Attorney General in Hawaii, profiling youthful serious and violent offenders as well as an in-depth look at female delinquency and programming responses to it. Recently finishing a Colorado Division of Criminal Justice funded grant, entitled "In and Out of the System: Understanding and Addressing the Female Juvenile Offender in Colorado," Dr. Pasko's research examines correctional attitudes about girls, sexual behavior, and sexual minority status. Additionally, she has been Chair for the Colorado Coalition for Girls and performed an evaluation of InterCept, a girl offender intervention program in Colorado Springs, CO. With OMNI Institute, she is currently working on an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant entitled "Characteristics and Predictors of Juvenile Diversion Program Success for Girls: A Focus on the Latina First-Time Offender." She is co-author of The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime and numerous other articles that explore issues of girls, delinquency, violence and justice. Dr. Pasko's courses include Drugs and Society, Discipline and Punishment, the Female Offender, Masculinities, Sexualities and the Law, and Murder in America.


PhD   Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2006
MA    Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1997
BA     Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, 1994

selected publications

Lopez, Vera and Lisa Pasko. Forthcoming. "Bringing Latinas to the Forefront: Latina Girls, Women, and the Justice System." Feminist Criminology. (Special Issue Editors)

Pasko, Lisa and Vera Lopez. In press. "The Latina Penalty: Juvenile Court and Correctional Attitudes toward the Latina Juvenile Offender." Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice DOI:10.1080/15377938.2015.1015196.

Lopez, Vera and Lisa Pasko. 2014. "Court-Involved Latina Girls: Shackled, Silenced, and Invisible." In S. Bowman (ed.), Color behind Bars: Racism in the U.S. Prison System. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Pasko, Lisa, Scott Okamoto, and Meda Chesney-Lind. 2014. "The Wayward Girl in the 21st Century: Female Pathways to Delinquency." In Wesley Church III, David Springer, and Al Roberts, (eds). Juvenile Justice Sourcebook: Past, Present, and Future (2nd Edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Pasko, Lisa and Meda Chesney-Lind. 2013. "Incarcerated Females: A Growing Population." In Lior Gideon's (ed.), Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Mayeda, David T. and Lisa Pasko. 2012. "Youth Violence and Hegemonic Masculinity among Asian American and Pacific Islander Adolescents." Critical Criminology 20 (2): 121-139.

Pasko, Lisa and Meda Chesney-Lind. 2012. "Girls' Violence and Juvenile Justice: A Critical Examination." In Walter DeKeseredy and Molly Dragiewicz (eds.), Handbook of Critical Criminology. New York: Routledge.

Chesney-Lind, Meda and Lisa Pasko. 2004. The Female Offender (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
     2013. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chesney-Lind, Meda and Lisa Pasko. 2004. Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
     2013. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.