KENNETH SEBASTIAN LEÓN is an Assistant Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He specializes in crimes of the powerful, empirically centering the co-production of racial capitalist harms and state-corporate crime. Previously, León was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at George Washington University (GWU) and a contracted researcher of transnational organized crime at the National Institute of Justice (2016-2017). He is the author of Corrupt Capital – Nightlife, Vice, and Crimes of the Powerful – forthcoming with Routledge, Series on Crimes of the Powerful. Additional justice systems expertise draws from original research on local legal culture across federal US courts, evaluations of the Colombian National Police, the Honduran National Police, and the recruitment and retention of Latina/o/x police officers in New Jersey.
Select scholarship appears or is forthcoming in Critical Criminology; Crime, Law and Social Change; Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy; Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; and Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology.
PhD (2017) | American University, School of Public Affairs
MA (2013) | George Washington University, Department of Sociology
BS (2011) | Florida State University, College of Criminology & Criminal Justice