Bianca E. Bersani joins the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as an associate professor in the fall of 2019. As a life course criminologist, her research interests involve the study of patterns and predictors of offending from adolescence through adulthood. Key themes include the investigation of desistance and persistence in offending, family and intimate relationship dynamics, divergence in offending across race/ethnicity, gender, and immigration status, and the application of innovative methodologies to understanding the mechanisms of behavioral change.


Areas of Interest

  • Life Course Criminology
  • Desistance and persistence
  • Family and Marriage
  • Immigration and crime
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Mechanisms of behavioral change


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Maryland
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Nebraska
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS418L Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Crime over the Life Course Spring 2020

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