Faculty - Grant Stitt
B. Grant Stitt, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 1979 and began his tenure at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1989. He has published in a variety of criminological areas including sibling structures and juvenile delinquency, the relationships of alcohol consumption and casino gambling to crime, crime and the future, and victimization due to corporate criminality. A recognized expert in the area of victimless crime, he has published a number of articles related to victimless crimes as they exist in contemporary America. Areas of interest in the field of criminal justice include entrapment, hostage situations, the insanity defense and the broader field of ethical dilemmas as they confront our criminal justice system. Dr. Stitt is the department's criminologist and in that capacity approaches the study of crime from a truly eclectic position, acknowledging contributions to the understanding of crime from fields such as behavioral genetics and biochemistry through macro-level perspectives of sociology, political science and economics. Holding that the understanding of human behavior lies in considering all perspectives, Dr. Stitt still believes that the W.I. Thomas theorem, "Situations perceived as real, are real in their consequences," may be the single most important idea in understanding why people commit crimes.