Dr Tiffany Bergin is Sutasoma Trust Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Sociology. She received her PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2011. A monograph based upon her PhD thesis will be published by Ashgate Press in the near future as part of the Solving Social Problems book series.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States, Dr Bergin’s research currently focuses on four main areas: evidence-based policymaking; alcohol and violence; green criminology and environmental crimes; cost-benefit analysis in social policy.
Dr Bergin’s statistical work tied for first place in the data analysis category of the 2011 DonorsChoose.org Hacking Education Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers. She is also a previous winner of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence at Princeton University and an Oscar S. Straus II Summer Fellowship in Criminal Justice (sponsored by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation).
2007: Princeton University, BA summa cum laude in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
2008: University of Cambridge, MPhil in Criminological Research
2011: University of Cambridge, PhD in Criminology
Dr Bergin supervises PPS undergraduates for Paper 2: Modern Societies and Int 6: Criminology, Sentencing, and the Penal System. She also lectures for the Joint Schools’ Social Science Research Methods Programme, Cambridge’s interdisciplinary research methods and data analysis training programme for postgraduate students in the social sciences. As part of this programme she has taught: Foundations in Statistics (an introduction to quantitative methods and research design); Bivariate Associations (correlations, chi-square tests, t-tests, and one-way ANOVAs); and Linear Regression (running regression analyses and testing regression assumptions). She has also independently designed the advanced module Event History Analysis.
i) Book Chapters
Bergin, Tiffany. (2011). ‘Redefining the Delinquent: Experts and Youth Gangs in the British and American Contexts.’ In Violences juvéniles sous expertises(s): XIXe-XXIe siècles (Expertise and Juvenile Violence, 19th-21st Century), A. François, V. Massin, & D. Niget (Eds.), (pp. 107-130). Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: University of Louvain Press.
Bergin, Tiffany. (2011). ‘School Crime and Violence in Asia.’ In Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence, L. Findley (Ed.). Santa Barbara, California, USA: ABC-CLIO.
Bergin, Tiffany. (2011). ‘Crime and Violence in Private Secondary Schools.’ In Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence, L. Findley (Ed.). Santa Barbara, California, USA: ABC-CLIO.
ii) Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Bergin, Tiffany. (in press). ‘How and Why Do Criminal Justice Policies Spread Throughout U.S. States?: A Critical Review of the Diffusion Literature.’ Criminal Justice Policy Review. Now available online at: http://cjp.sagepub.com/content/early/recent
Bergin, Tiffany. (2011). ‘What Factors Influence the Criminal Justice Policymaking Process?: A Case Study of Policy Decisions About Correctional Boot Camps in North Carolina.’ Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, 4(1), 1-12.
Parsons, Jim and Bergin, Tiffany. (2010). ‘The Impact of Criminal Justice System Involvement on Victims’ Mental Health.’ Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(2): 182-188.
iii) Commentaries and Book Reviews
Bergin, Tiffany. (2011). ‘Style, Class and Contradiction: Subcultural Theories in This is England.’ International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 7(2), 241-248.
Bergin, Tiffany. (2010). Book review of Drug War Zone, by Howard Campbell. Times Literary Supplement (TLS), February 12.
Bergin, Tiffany. (2010). Book review of Nightlife and Crime: Social Order and Governance in International Perspective, edited by Phil Hadfield. Criminal Justice Studies, 23(3), 281-282.
Bergin, Tiffany. (2009). Book review of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence, by Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. De Boef and Amber E. Boydstun. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 20(4), 507-508.
‘Reshaping Alcohol Abuse Prevention: What Works around the World’ (poster), European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, 21-24 September 2011
‘Postmodern Penality Under Scrutiny: The Curious Case of Correctional Boot Camps’, Institute of Criminology Public Seminar Series, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 24 February 2011
‘Redefining the Delinquent: Experts and Youth Gangs in the British and American Contexts’, Colloque International: Jeunesse et Violence: Approches Socio-Historiques, Centre d’Histoire du Droit et de la Justice, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, 27-28 January 2011
‘Criminal Justice Policymaking and the Strange Case of Correctional Boot Camps’, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, 17-20 November 2010
‘How and Why Do Criminal Justice Policies Spread Across States and Countries?’ (poster), American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, 17-20 November 2010
‘Criminological Policy Diffusion and the Spread of Correctional Boot Camps in the United States’ (poster), PhD Criminology Conference, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, 30 September-1 October 2010
‘‘Policy Diffusion in Criminal Justice and the Strange Case of Correctional Boot Camps,’ New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 23-24 April 2010Why Do Some Criminal Justice Public Policies Spread across Countries and Regions?’ (poster), Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 June 2010
‘The Politics of Keeping Pace with Technology,’ New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA, 16-17 April 2010
‘Criminological Policy Diffusion and the Spread of Correctional Boot Camps in the United States,’ Inaugural Oxford Criminology Postgraduate Student Conference, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, 20 November 2009
‘Improving the Connection between Research and Policy’, Queens’ College Research Jamboree, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, 15 November 2009
‘Criminological Policy Diffusion and the Spread of Correctional Boot Camps in the United States’ (poster), American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 4-7 November 2009
‘Why Do Some Criminological Policies Spread Across Regions?’ Showcasing Research: A Conference on Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Community Justice, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, 19 October 2009
‘Improving the Connection between Research and Policy,’ Perspectives on Progress: Crossing Boundaries in Research Interdisciplinary Conference, Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, 25-26 June 2009 (Won award for producing one of the best presentations at the conference)