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Peter Reuter

Distinguished University Professor

School of Public Policy


Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Peter Reuter is a professor in the School of Public Policy and in the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland.

In November 2018, he was declared as one of two awardees for the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the leading prize in that field.

In recent years he has been publishing on money laundering control and on the flows of illicit funds from developing nations. His books include (with Robert MacCoun) "Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Places, Times and Vices" (Cambridge University Press, 2001) "Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering" (Institute for International Economcs, 2004; with Ted Truman), "The World Heroin Market: Can Supply be Cut?" (Oxford University Press, 2009, with Letizia Paoli and Victoria Greenfield).

He founded and directed RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center from 1989-1993. From 2007-2011 Reuter served as the first president of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. He also served as editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management from 1999 to 2004. He has chaired three panels for the National Academy of Sciences.

Reuter received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale.

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