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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)



Soc 275 Criminology

Soc 310 Sociology of deviance

Soc 378 Sociology of Law

Soc 479 Law and Society

Soc 596/Law792 Law and Society 

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

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