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, criminological and political philosophical 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 violence and state-corporate crime exacerbates the unequal and undemocratic condition of Puerto Rico.
Criminology, Law, and Society
Emergency Powers and Crises
Crimes of the Powerful (Corruption, and State and Corporate Deviance)
Colonialism and Anti-Colonial Movements
Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean
My research is focused on the sociolegal, criminological and political-philosophical 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, the state of emergency, economic crises, corruption, and tax-avoidance 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, Puerto Rico is Open for Business: Exceptionality, Financialization and Colonialism. In my book, I analyze the role of law, the state of exception, and corporate crimes in the current Puerto Rican economic and fiscal crisis. I argue that the economic and financial crisis is the result of the legal-colonial design of the Puerto Rican economy, the exclusion of Puerto Rico from federal regulations, and state-corporate organized deviance. In this project, as in previous ones, 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
Inaugural Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ($6,000.00). May 2020 to August 2021.
Soc 275 Criminology
Soc 310 Sociology of Deviance
Soc 378 Sociology of Law
Soc 479 Law and Society
Additional Campus Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Assistant Professor, Global Studies Programs
Assistant Professor, Center for Global Studies
Assistant Professor, Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies
(2021) “Waves of Disaster: The Normalization of exceptionality and (In)Security in Puerto Rico”. Latin American Law Review, 7, 1-19, doi: https://doi.org/10.29263/lar07.2021.01
(2021) “The COVID-19 Pandemic in Puerto Rico: Exceptionality, Corruption and State-Corporate Crimes”. State Crime Journal, 10(1), 104-125. doi:10.13169/statecrime.10.1.0104.
(2020) “Exceptionality and Colonial State-Corporate Crime in the Puerto Rican Fiscal and Economic Crisis.” Latin American Perspective, 47(3), 49-63. doi.org/10.1177/0094582X20911466