Professor Peter Reuter was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2015 by the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Washington.
“I owe my career in organized crime research to the FBI. As a graduate student in economics I had the chance to ask the FBI what was the basis for their constant claim that the Mafia, then famous and powerful, ran illegal gambling, then the biggest illegal market. Their inability to even understand the question persuaded me that organized crime might be an interesting topic for research.,” Reuter says. “That early work led me to think about markets for violence and the ‘structural consequences of illegality.’ Organized crime research has been intellectually rewarding for four decades and I appreciate that my books and articles have been recognized as useful.”
The award recognizes an individual who has a record of sustained and significant accomplishments and contributions to the scholarly knowledge of organized crime. Scholarly contributions include empirical or theoretical and within any discipline as long as the body of work focuses on the concept of organized crime.
Professor Reuter has a joint appointment with the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.