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
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.
Bersani, Bianca E. and Alex R. Piquero. 2016. 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
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.
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.
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., 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
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.