Professor Kathleen Daly has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology making her only the second Australian to be honoured in this way.

The fellowship recognises Professor Daly’s distinguished scholarship in gender, race, crime and restorative and innovative justice over a career spanning 30 years.

“As the only Australian woman and one of about 150 fellows, I am honoured to receive the award and hope that my work continues to be of use to researchers and educators throughout the world,’’ she said.

This is not the first time Professor Daly has been recognised by the ASC. She won the Michael Hindelang award in 1994 for her groundbreaking book, Gender, Crime and Punishment. In this, she analyses whether women are sentenced more leniently than men for similar crimes, and what role race and class plays in outcomes.

Professor Daly’s latest book Redressing Institutional Abuse of Children, looks at the history of responses to institutional abuse of children and analyses major Australian and Canadian cases that used civil litigation, public enquiries and redress schemes. It will be published in November 2014.

Not content to rest on her laurels, Professor Daly is also working on an ARC-funded project with Victim Assist Queensland to analyse requests for financial assistance (and outcomes) by victims and survivors of sexual assault.

The American Society of Criminology is the US’s peak criminological organisation with 3300 members who pursue scholarly, scientific and professional knowledge of crime and delinquency.

Professor Daly will accept her award in San Francisco in November.