A sociologist and criminologist, Vezzadini is a professor at the University of Bologna - Department of Sociology and Law, and a Juvenile Court Judge in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Professor Vezzadini, a student at American University in 2001, earned her PhD in criminology at the University of Bologna.
As a visiting professor at AU, her research consisted of a study of best practices for assistance to juvenile victims of crime in the United States, as well as developing a model to adapt and transfer for use in the Italian juvenile justice system. Moreover, she analyzed the way public and private social agencies work to support the victims of crimes, and conducted in-depth comparison between the United States and Italy and the types of protection provided to victims in general as well as special groups, such as the elderly, women, and abused children. In particular, she studied the link between globalization and victimization processes, the subject of the recent book she completed while at AU.