Faculty & Staff
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
Eggleston-Doherty, Elaine and Bianca E. Bersani. “The Importance of Social Structural Position in Understanding the Mechanisms of Desistance.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, (forthcoming).
2015. Bersani, Bianca E. and Stephanie M. DiPietro. “Marriage and Offending: Examining the Significance of Marriage among the Children of Immigrants.” The Sociological Quarterly, (forthcoming), doi: 10.1111/tsq.12116.
2015. Bosick, Stacey, Bianca E. Bersani and David Farrington. “Relating Clusters of Adolescent Problems to Adult Criminal Trajectories: A Person-Centered, Prospective Approach.” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. doi: 10.1007/s40865-015-0009-y.
2014. Gary LaFree and Bianca E. Bersani. “Social Disorganization and Terrorist Attacks in the United States Before and After 9/11.” Criminology and Public Policy, 13: 455-481.
2014. Alex R Piquero, Bersani, Bianca E., Thomas A. Loughran, and Jeffrey Fagan. “Longitudinal Patterns of Legal Socialization in First Generation Immigrants, Second Generation Immigrants, and Native Born Serious Youthful Offenders.” Crime & Delinquency.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E. and Stephanie M. DiPietro. “Examining the Salience of Marriage on Offending for Black and Hispanic Men.” Justice Quarterly.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E. and Marieke van Schellen. “The Effectiveness of Marriage as an Intervention in the Netherlands.” In Effective Interventions in the Lives of Criminal Careers, Humphrey and Cordella (eds.). Springer.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E., Thomas A. Loughran, and Alex R Piquero. “Comparing Patterns and Predictors of Immigrant Offending Among a Sample of Adjudicated Youth.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(11): 1914-1933.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E. “An Examination of First and Second Generation Immigrant Offending Trajectories.” Justice Quarterly, 31:315-343.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E. “A Game of Catch-up? The Offending Experience of Second Generation Immigrants.” Crime and Delinquency, 60: 60-84.
View Professor Bersani's Curriculum Vitae
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 projects include an examination of longitudinal patterns of offending among contemporary and early 20th century immigrants, tests of the “marriage effect” on offending trajectories, and the investigation of the relationship between language diversity and crime.