Alaina DeBiasi

Alaina DeBiasi

Assistant Professor

Room 3149, Faculty/Administration (FAB), 656 W. Kirby. Detroit MI, 48202

Curriculum vitae

Alaina DeBiasi


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. Alaina De Biasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. Her research interests include understanding the causes and consequences of firearm violence, leveraging police and ATF data systems to explore illicit firearm markets, evaluating the effectiveness of violence prevention initiatives, conducting community-engaged research, and exploring the geography of crime. Through her work, she seeks to develop new and better policies and practices aimed at violence prevention.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Policing
  • Firearm Violence
  • Crime and Place
  • Evaluation Research
  • Community-engaged Research

Selected publications

De Biasi, A., Circo, G., Krupa, J., Rzotkiewicz, A., & Liebler, J. (2022). An Investigation of the impact of the pandemic era on shooting victimizations in Detroit, Michigan. Journal of Crime and Justice. Advance online publication.

De Biasi, A. (2021). Ignored but not forgotten: The broken windows tipping point and the question of functional form. British Journal of Criminology, 62(2), 413-430.

De Biasi, A. & Circo, G. (2020). Capturing crime at the micro-place: A spatial approach to inform buffer size. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 37(2), 393-418.

Circo, G., McGarrell, E., Krupa, J., & De Biasi, A. (2019). The individual-level deterrent effect of “call-in” meetings on time to re-arrest. Crime & Delinquency, 66(11), 1630-1651.



Courses taught by Alaina DeBiasi

Fall Term 2023 (future)

Winter Term 2023 (current)

Fall Term 2022