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
DESISTANCE, TURNING POINTS, AND THE LIFE COURSE
2016. Eggleston-Doherty, Elaine and Bianca E. Bersani. “Understanding the Mechanisms of Desistance at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Neighborhood Context.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 53(5): 681-710.
2016. Bersani, Bianca E. and Stephanie M. DiPietro. “Marriage and Offending: Examining the Significance of Marriage among the Children of Immigrants.” The Sociological Quarterly, 57: 304-332.
2016. Bersani, Bianca E. and Stephanie M. DiPietro. “Examining the Salience of Marriage on Offending for Black and Hispanic Men.” Justice Quarterly 33: 510-537.
2013. Bersani, Bianca E., and Elaine Eggleston Doherty. "When the Ties that Bind Unwind: Examining the Enduring and Situational Processes of Change behind the Marriage Effect." Criminology, 51: 399-433.
IMMIGRATION AND CRIME
2016. Bersani, Bianca E. and Alex R. Piquero. Examining Systematic Crime Reporting Bias Across Three Immigrant Generations: Prevalence, Trends, and Divergence in Self-Reported and Official Reported Arrests. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, (forthcoming). DOI: 10.1007/s10940-016-9314-9
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. “A Game of Catch-up? The Offending Experience of Second Generation Immigrants.” Crime and Delinquency, 60: 60-84.
2014. Bersani, Bianca E. “An Examination of First and Second Generation Immigrant Offending Trajectories.” Justice Quarterly, 31:315-343.
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 1:169-188.
2009. Bersani, Bianca E., Paul Nieuwbeerta, and John H. Laub. "Predicting Trajectories of Offending over the Life Course: Findings from a Dutch Conviction Cohort." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 46:468-494.
View Professor Bersani's Curriculum Vitae
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.