The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Dr Michelle D. Fabiani

Assistant Professor, University of New Haven

Michelle Fabiani is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven. She is an interdisciplinary scholar that studies patterns of behavior in international and transnational crime with a focus on cultural heritage and cultural property crimes. In her largest project to date, Dr. Fabiani combined criminological theory as a framework for examining how contextual factors influence the beginning of the illicit antiquities supply chain – archaeological looting. It proposes a methodology for understanding which sites are most likely to be looted and in which contexts using spatiotemporal data from Lower Egypt in 2015 to 2017.

Her current work focuses on developing the tools, methods, and data to mitigate and prevent crime as a means of capacity building. Recently, Dr. Fabiani became the co-director of the Cultural Resilience Informatics and Analysis (CURIA) Lab. Dr. Fabiani’s research findings have been published in Global Crime, Arts, and Collections: A Journal for Museum Professionals, among others. She is also a co-organizer of the Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium and editor of the conference proceedings.

Conference (video)

Scientific urgency, satellite vision, and the rise of conflict archaeology (Technology, Knowledge and Society 2020 Annual Conference)


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

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

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

Marrone, J., and Fabiani, M. [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, M. [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, M. (2014). “Failure Points in Smuggling Networks: A Case Study of the Sister Ping Network.” College Park, MD: START.

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