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
In press. Bersani, Bianca E. and Elaine Eggleston Doherty. “Desistance from Offending in the 21st Century.” Annual Review of Criminology.
In press. DiPietro, Stephanie, Elaine Eggleston-Doherty and Bianca E. Bersani. “Understanding the Role of Marriage in Black Women’s Offending over the Life Course.” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.
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.
IMMIGRATION AND CRIME
In press. Bersani, Bianca E., Adam D. Fine, Alex R. Piquero, Laurence Steinberg, Paul J. Frick, and Elizabeth Cauffman. “Investigating the Offending Histories of Undocumented Immigrants.” Migration Letters, Special Issue.
2017 (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, 33(4): 835-857.
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.
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.