Wayne Pitts

Research Criminologist


  • PhD, University of New Mexico
  • MA, University of New Mexico
  • BA, Western Carolina University

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Wayne J. Pitts is a senior research scientist whose research interests include comparative criminology, especially in Latin America; program evaluation; and a variety of topics in survey research methods and corrections. Dr. Pitts has served as principal or co-principal investigator on numerous local, state, and federal research projects, and he has managed dozens of survey research projects using both telephone and on-line research strategies.

Before joining RTI in 2012, Dr. Pitts was an associate professor and director of the Midsouth Survey Research Center at the University of Memphis for eight years. He also was employed as a senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of New Mexico for five years.