Faculty & Staff

Bianca Bersani, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Areas of Expertise

Life Course Criminology; Desistance from Offending; Marriage, Marital Dissolution and Crime; Intergenerational Disparities in Immigrant Offending; Immigration and Crime; Quantitative Methodology


PhD, University of Maryland

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

View Professor Bersani's Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

Professor Bersani's research involves the study of patterns and predictors of offending over the life course, the role of romantic relationships and their dissolution on offending trajectories, describing and predicting divergence in offending across race/ethnicity, gender and immigration status, and the application of innovative methodologies to understand mechanisms of behavioral change. She has worked with the Pew Research Center and other general media outlets to translate her research and increase accessibility to a wider audience.