3080 Lincoln Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Jose Atiles is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his arrival at Illinois, Dr. Atiles was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2019), faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (2014-2018), and Researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (2015-2019). Dr. Atiles holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Law from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of the Basque Country (Spain), and a MA in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati-Milan). His research and publications focus primarily on the sociolegal and criminological implications of US colonialism in Puerto Rico, and to elucidate how the uses of law and exceptionality, the criminalization of Puerto Rican anticolonial and political mobilizations, and state deviance and state-corporate crime exacerbates the unequal and undemocratic condition of Puerto Rico.
Sociology of Law
Crime, Law and Deviance
Law and Society
Law and Political Economy
Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean
My research is focused on the sociolegal and criminological study of Puerto Rico and its legal and political relationship with the US. I am particularly interested in studying how the Puerto Rican case provides a better understanding of the connections between colonialism, law, emergency powers, crises, and corruption, and its social, criminological, economic and political consequences. I am also interested in the study of processes of criminalization of social, political and environmental movements, and contemporary manifestations of corporate crimes and state crimes. Currently, I am working on my book, Law in/as Crisis: Emergency Powers, Corruption, and Resistance in Puerto Rico. In my book, I analyze the role of law, emergency powers, and anticorruption social movements in the current Puerto Rican multilayered political, financial, economic, and humanitarian crisis. My book asks how Puerto Ricans access a just recovery amid simultaneous crises and the continuous use and renewal of state of emergency declarations in response to these crises. In this project, I employ qualitative methodologies, such as ethnography, case studies, historical research, critical discourse analysis and policy analysis.
Ph.D. University of Coimbra
Ph.D. University of the Basque Country
M.A. International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati. University of the Basque Country.
B.A. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
Humanities Teaching Release Time. Campus Research Board. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (AY 2022-2023).
Funding Initiative for Multiracial Democracy (Scholarship Award). Campus Research Board. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. January 2022 to June 2023.
Inaugural Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 2020 to August 2021.
Awards and Honors
2022 Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Soc 275 Criminology
Soc 310 Sociology of Deviance
Soc 378 Sociology of Law
Soc 479 Law and Society
Soc 596/Law 792 Law and Society (Graduate)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Assistant Professor, College of Law (by Courtesy)
Assistant Professor, Global Studies Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Sciences
Assistant Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Global Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Women and Gender in Global Perspective
Atiles, Jose and Rojas Paez, Gustavo (2022) “Coal Criminals: Crime of the Powerful, Extractivism and Historical Harms in the Global South”. The British Journal of Criminology ,62(5), 1289-1304. doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azac050
Atiles, Jose (2022) “Punitive Governance and the Criminalization of Socioenvironmental, Anti-Austerity and Anticorruption Mobilizations in Puerto Rico”. Critical Criminology Journal. doi.org/10.1007/s10612-022-09660-x
Atiles, Jose (2022) “From Anti-Corruption to Decolonial Justice: A Sociolegal Analysis of the Puerto Rican Summer of 2019”. CENTRO Journal 34(2), 385-414.
Atiles, Jose, García, Gustavo, and Villanueva, Joaquín (2022). “Beyond Corruption and Anticorruption Narrative: Introducing a Critical Research for Puerto Rican Studies”. CENTRO Journal 34(2), 7-24.
Atiles, Jose (2022) “On Colonial Exceptionality, Neoliberal Coloniality, and Legal Interruptions”. Dialogues in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/20438206221102936
Atiles, Jose (2022) “The Paradise Performs: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and the Puerto Rican Tax Haven”. South Atlantic Quarterly, 121(3), 612-627.doi 10.1215/00382876-9826032
Atiles, Jose (2022) “Decoding Crypto-Paradises: Fraud, Crypto-Colonialism, Climate Crisis and Dispossession in the Global South”. South Atlantic Quarterly, 121(3), 594-599. doi 10.1215/00382876-9826004