B. Grant Stitt 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 written about 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 because of corporate criminality. As a recognized expert in the area of victimless crime, Stitt 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 the criminal justice system.
Stitt was the department's criminologist for many years and in that capacity, he approached the study of crime from an 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, Stitt 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.
- Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1979