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Jose M Atiles Osoria

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Contact Information

702 S. Wright Street
3080 Lincoln Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
M/C 454

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

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, Crisis by Design: Emergency Powers and Colonial Legality 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. My other research interest are: 

Sociology of Law

Crime, Law and Deviance

Law and Society

Critical Criminology

Politica Sociology


Law and Political Economy

Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean

Latina/o Sociology


Ph.D. University of the Basque Country (2015)

Ph.D. University of Coimbra (2014)

M.A. International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati. University of the Basque Country (2009)

B.A. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2007)


Courses Taught

Soc 275 Criminology

Soc 310 Sociology of deviance

Soc 378 Sociology of Law

Soc 479 Law and Society

Soc 596/Law792 Law and Society 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Sociology
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies
Assistant Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Assistant Professor, College of Law
Assistant Professor, Center for Global Studies
Assistant Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Atiles, J. (2024). Crimes of the powerful in Latin America and the Caribbean: Toward a research agenda. Sociology Compass, 18(2), Article e13172.

Atiles, J. (2024). Swarm of earthquakes, #Wandalismo and anticorruption mobilizations in Puerto Rico: Latinx criminology and state crimes. Latino Studies, 21(4), 587-608.

Atiles Osoria, J. M. (2024). Anti-corruption legislation in Puerto Rico: A sociolegal study of the registry of persons convicted of corruption. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 14(1), 76-98.

Atiles Osoria, J. M. (2024). Anticorruption Markets: Law, Public Procurement, and the Colonial Regime of Permission in Puerto Rico. Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime, 5(2), 95-104.

Atiles Osoria, J. M. (2024). COVID-19 and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program in Puerto Rico: Anti-Corruption, Fraud Prevention, and Punishment. Critical Sociology, 50(3), 477-498.

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