León, Kenneth Sebastian

Rutgers University

United States

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, with a focus on the colonial-carceral functions of contemporary justice systems.  Previously, he 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). Justice systems research in this area include collaborative studies of the Colombian National Police, the Honduran National Police, and the recruitment and retention of Latina/o/x police officers in New Jersey. His first book, Corrupt Capital-Nightlife, Vice, and Crimes of the Powerful is forthcoming with Routledge, Series on Crimes of the Powerful. Additional scholarship appears in Critical Criminology; Crime, Law and Social Change; Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; and Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Dr. León currently serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, a SAGE publication affiliation with a Division of the American Society of Criminology.