UC Press is honored to have several authors as award winners for the Western Society of Criminology, whose conference is occurring on this February 7 -9 in Honolulu, HI. Please join us in congratulating these authors for how they inspire people to think critically, produce and consume research responsibly, and advocate for social justice.  #ScholarActivist #WSC2019

Hadar Aviram, author of Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment

Joseph D. Lohman Award

The award honors a person who has provided outstanding service to the Western Society of Criminology. 

Hadar is the Thomas Miller ’73 Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law,where she codirects the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice and publishes the California Correctional Crisis blog. She served three years on the Board of the Western Society of Criminology—as Vice-President, President, and Immediate Past President. During her WSC presidency, the organization focused on criminal justice policy challenges in the age of Trump.

On Cheap on Crime: “Raises crucial political questions for all of us to debate, and it is as timely as a book can be.” —Social Justice

Valerie Jenness, coauthor of Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic with Kitty Calavita

Meda Chesney-Lind Award

The award is for those who provide significant contributions to scholarship or activism on the intersection of women and crime. 

Valerie is Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She has completed path-breaking work on the intersection of gender, crime, and justice. She continues to help bring justice to transgender women in prisons for men by doing interviews with press outlets, writing reports and commentaries, and serving as an expert witness and providing sworn testimony in legal cases across the country that involve seeking legal remedies for transgender women who have been raped in prison.

On Appealing to Justice: “A powerful and disturbing window into the deprivations of contemporary punishment and a brilliant theoretical argument about the role of law inside of prisons.” —Punishment & Society

Gisela Bichler, author of Understanding Criminal Networks: A Research Guide

President’s Award

The award is for contributions to the field of criminology and positive influence on the current Western Society of Criminology president’s career.

Gisela is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research at California State University, San Bernardino. She has authored or co-authored three books, and more than 40 journal articles and refereed book chapters in the fields of problem-oriented policing, situational crime prevention, social network analysis, the socio-spatial structure of crime events, as well as co-offending and illicit transnational markets.

Gisela’s book is Understanding Criminal Networks: A Research Guide, forthcoming this Fall 2019 from UC Press.