Western Society of Criminology


The 46th annual conference of the WSC
in Honolulu, Hawai’i is
nearly SOLD OUT!

 General Information:

Dates: Thursday, February 7, 2019 through Saturday, February 9, 2019
Hotel: Hilton Waikiki Beach
2500 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96815 USA
(808) 922-0811

Room Rate: $289 per night (city view), $299 (mountain view), or $339 (ocean view), plus taxes and fees.
Press here to be taken to a special portal for WSC guests to register at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel using these special, reduced conference rates.
These rates expire on January 4, 2019, so make your hotel reservations before the rates increase!
Register: Presenters — All conference presenters were required to preregister and prepay the nonrefundable conference fees no later than Monday, January 7, 2019.  Those who did not were contacted and provided with a grace period in which to register.  That second deadline has now passed and the papers/presentations/posters of all those who did not prepay by the deadline have been removed from the final program.

Attendees Who Are Not Presenting — We are almost at the hotel’s capacity for our conference.  Thus, rather than using a cutoff date for late registrations, we need to implement a cutoff for people.  So, the few spots that remain are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once these few spots are filled, we will not be able to accept any more registrations online. Moreover, no on-site registrations will be accepted at the conference.

Register for the February 2019 conference in Hawaii at this link.


Press here to view the preliminary conference program.

Please be advised that submission of an abstract indicates the submitter’s availability to present the paper at the conference.  Absent medical or religious necessity, requests for particular time slots on particular days cannot be honored. Please direct all inquiries about the conference and the program to the program chairs at ConferenceChair@westerncriminology.org.

Conference Participants, please note the following:

1. Panel chairs are responsible for bringing laptops for other panelists to use during their presentations. People who use Apple computers (Macs) should bring a dongle that allows them to connect to a projector via a VGA cable.

2. Internet connections are not available to presenters during conference breakout sessions. Accordingly, attendees should not prepare presentations using Prezi or similar internet-based presentation software.  Rather, presenters are encouraged to store all of the files they may need on a laptop or portable hard drive.

3. If you have any questions concerning payments, please email Secretary-Treasurer@westerncriminology.org. All other questions concerning the conference should be directed to the conference program chairs at ConferenceChair@westerncriminology.org.

Conference Fees:

Conference registration entitles one to attend all conference sessions, receive one copy of the program, and participate in various hosted food events (typically an opening event with hors d’oeuvres, coffee and cookie breaks, a luncheon, and a closing brunch). Conference registration fees are nonrefundable.

The cost of participating in the annual WSC conference varies depending on membership status. The rates for the 2019 are as follows:

  • Regular Members — Faculty and justice professionals who are members of the WSC pay $195 to participate in the annual conference (a $190 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Student Members — Students who wish to participate in the annual WSC conference pay $160 (a $155 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee). Please note that this fee includes a one-year student membership in the WSC. Thus, students attending the conference should not pay the $35 student membership fee.


  • Non-Members — People who are not members of the WSC but who wish to participate in the society’s annual conference pay $275 (a $270 base-rate, plus a $5 Pay Pal processing fee).


  • Late Fees — The prices listed above apply to advance conference registrations. An additional $25 will be added to the cost for anyone registering within 30 days of the start if the conference (including those who register on-site, which is strongly discouraged since we cannot guarantee late registrants food, printed programs, and other amenities). Thus, late registration for regular members costs $220; late registration for students costs $155; and late registration for non-members costs $300.

Since catering costs account for more than 90% of the the annual conference fees, and last-minute changes to catering counts can dramatically alter the society’s costs to host meals, on-site registration is not permitted. We therefore require all conference presenters to register roughly one month in advance of the conference to help keep costs to a minimum.

Please note: Conference registration fees do not include wireless access to the Internet in breakout rooms or in conference meeting sessions.

 Future Conferences

  • 2020: Phoenix, AZ — February 6th to 8th at The Camby, a Marriott Autograph Collection
  • 2021: Vancouver, BC — February 4th to 6th at The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Our Sister Organization, the American Society of Criminology

The WSC was originally established a regional subdivision of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).  Although we are now fully independent, the ASC remains our close working partner.  The ASC is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.  If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join!

Consent to be Photographed

By signing up to attend and participate in the WSC’s annual conference, you consent to having your photo taken by WSC personnel and guests.  Such images may be posted on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.  However, no one may make audio or video recordings during panel sessions without the explicit written consent of the presenters.