Jose Atiles is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society 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, faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and Researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. 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 and criminological 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. Dr. Atiles has published in peer-reviewed international journals such as State Crime Journal, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Latin American Perspectives, and in several book chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes. Currently, he is co-editing a special issue on Corruption, Anticorruption, and Decolonial Futures in Puerto Rico for CENTRO Journal, and working on his book manuscript Puerto Rico is Open for Business: Exceptionality, Financialization and Colonialism.