Jose Atiles Osoria

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Research Interests

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. My other research interest are: 

Law and Society

State of Exception and Legal/Political theory 

Political Economy and Economic Crises

Crimes of the Powerful (State and Corporate Crime)


Colonialism and Anticolonial Movements

Political and Socioenvironmental Movements and processes of criminalization  

Puerto Rico

Latin America and the Caribbean Sociology


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

Ph.D. University of Coimbra (2014)



Soc 275 Criminology

Soc 310 Sociology of deviance

Soc 378 Sociology of Law

Soc 479 Law and Society

Office Address

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

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