Jose Atiles Osoria

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
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
Assistant Professor, College of Law (by courtesy)
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Global Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Women and Gender in Global Perspective


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. 

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