Michelle D. Fabiani, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Ph.D., Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
M.A., Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
B.A. (Suma Cum Laude), Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland

About Michelle

Dr. Michelle D. Fabiani is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Her interdisciplinary research examines patterns of behavior in international and transnational crimes with a focus on developing the tools, methods, and data to mitigate and prevent crime. Her work integrates technology-driven data collection, historical analysis, and complex quantitative methods to explore these issues. Fabiani has explored these intersections in human smuggling, archaeological looting in conflict zones (Syria, Egypt), microdynamics of conflict in Syria, auction market dynamics, and presidential communications and domestic terrorism. She is the co-director of the Cultural Resilience Informatics and Analysis (CURIA) Lab. Dr. Fabiani’s research findings have been published in Sociological Science, Global Crime, Arts, and Collections: A Journal for Museum Professionals, among others.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Fabiani, Michelle and Donna Yates. [under review]. Looted Antiquities and Lost Connections: Reconstructing the Development of the Pre-Columbian Art Market through the Stendahl Gallery Archive and Social Network Analysis. Getty Journal.

Greenland, Fiona and Michelle Fabiani. [forthcoming]. The Hallmarks of Effective Crisis Science. Sociological Science.

Fabiani, Michelle and Brandon Behlendorf. (2020). Cumulative Disruptions: Interdependency and Commitment Escalation as Mechanisms of Illicit Network Failure. Global Crime.

Fabiani, Michelle. (2018). Disentangling Strategic and Opportunistic Looting: The Relationship between Antiquities Looting and Armed Conflict in Egypt. Arts 7(2): 22-48.

D’Ippolito, Michelle. (2012). Discrepancies in Data: The Role of Museums in the Illegal Antiquities Market. Collections A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals Dec: 236.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Marrone, James and Michelle Fabiani. [Forthcoming]. Transiting Through the Antiquities Market: A Social Network Analysis of Antiquities Auctions. In D. Yates and N. Oosterman. Crime and Art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world.

Fabiani, Michelle. [Forthcoming]. Offender motivations and expectations of data in antiquities looting. In D. Yates and N. Oosterman. Crime and Art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world.

D’Ippolito, Michelle. (2014). New Methods of Mapping: The Application of Social Network Analysis to the Illegal Trade in Antiquities. In W. Kennedy, N. Agarwal, & S.J. Yang (eds.). Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction. Vol. 8393: 253-260. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-05579-4_31

Government Reports

D’Ippolito, Michelle. (2014). Failure Points in Smuggling Networks: A Case Study of the Sister Ping Network. College Park, MD: START

Michelle D’Ippolito (2011). Case Study of the Illegal Antiquities Market. In M. D’Ippolito, P. Reuter, G. Sanchez, and D. Rico. Transnational Criminal Organizations, Terrorism and Radiological/Nuclear Smuggling: Exploring a Potential Nexus in Central America: Related Trafficking Activities Case Studies, College Park, MD, START.

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