Peter Reuter is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. In July 1999 he became editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He is also currently Senior Fellow at RAND and Visiting Scholar at the Urban Institute. From 1981 to 1993 he was a Senior Economist in the Washington office of the RAND Corporation. He founded and directed RANDs Drug Policy Research Center from 1989-1993; the Center is a multi-disciplinary research program begun in 1989 with funding from a number of foundations. His early research focused on the organization of illegal markets and resulted in the publication of Disorganized Crime: The Economics of the Visible Hand (MIT Press, 1983), which won the Leslie Wilkins award as most outstanding book of the year in criminology and criminal justice. Since 1985 most of his research has dealt with alternative approaches to controlling drug problems, both in the United States and Western Europe. His book (with Robert MacCoun) entitled Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Places, Times and Vices (Cambridge University Press) was published in August 2001. Recent papers have appeared in Addiction, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Science.
Dr. Reuter is a member of the National Research Council Committee on Law and Justice and served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Federal Regulation of Methadone (1992-1994) and the IOM panel on Assessing the Scientific Base for Reducing Tobacco-Related Harm (2000). He is also currently a member of the Office of National Drug Control Policys Committee on Data, Research and Evaluation. The Attorney General appointed him as one of five non-governmental members of the Interagency Task Force on Methamphetamine in 1997. He testifies frequently before Congress and has addressed senior policy audiences in many countries, including Australia, Chile, Colombia and Great Britain. He has served as a consultant to numerous government agencies (including GAO, ONDCP, NIJ, SAMHSA) and to foreign organizations including the United Nations Drug Control Program and the British Department of Health. Dr. Reuter received his PhD in Economics from Yale.