Dr. Bianca E. Bersani is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her B.A. in sociology and psychology and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010, where her dissertation research received the University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences. Her research interests include examining patterns and predictors of offending over the life course, the impact of life transitions on desistance from crime, criminological theory, and immigration and crime. Her current research focuses on investigating the mechanisms promoting desistance from crime and examining the generalizability of the marriage effect across race, ethnicity, nativity, and culture. Her research has appeared in scholarly journals, including Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Dr. Bersani was a co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice's 2011 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for research examining the relationship between marriages and offending for U.S. immigrants with a particular focus on potential racial, ethnic, immigrant generation and nativity disparities.