Alaina De Biasi is a PhD candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her primary research interests include crime and place, communities, policing, violence prevention, criminal justice policy, spatial analysis, crime prevention through environmental design, and urban planning. Currently, De Biasi works on several projects in Detroit, Michigan focused on violence prevention, including Detroit Operation Ceasefire, Project Safe Neighborhood, and Sentinel Event Review. Her recent scholarly works are published in The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, City, and The Journal of Environmental Psychology.

De Biasi received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2012. While at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she participated in the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program-a program that brings college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in a seminar behind prison walls. De Biasi also interned at the Dearborn Police Department, South Oakland Shelter, and Detroit’s Office of Attorney General-Criminal Division.

De Biasi received her Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2015. While at the University of Maryland, she participated in research projects exploring the relationship between crime hotspots and indicators of disorder, and assisted in conducting research investigating victimization in new and traditional immigrant areas.  For her thesis, De Biasi explored an alternative approach to greening vacant lots in an effort to optimize reductions in fear of crime.