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Faculty & Staff

Bianca Bersani, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts Director of the Criminal Justice Program
  • Telephone: 617-287-6250
  • Fax: 617-287-6288
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,04,00011

Areas of Expertise

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

Degrees

PhD, University of Maryland

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

View Professor Bersani's Curriculum Vitae

Final Reports

Bianca E. Bersani and Stephanie DiPietro. “An Examination of the ‘Marriage Effect’ on Desistance from Crime among U.S. Immigrants.” Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. 2013.

LaFree, Gary and Bianca Bersani. County-level Correlates of Terrorism in the United States, 1990 to 2010. Final Report to the Resilient Systems Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. College Park, MD: START, 2013.

LaFree, Gary and Bianca E Bersani. Hot Spots of Terrorism and other Crimes in the United States. Final Report to Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. College Park MD: START, January 2012.

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.