Dr. Jose Atiles is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and faculty affiliate in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Global Studies Program, the Center for Global Studies, and the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies 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 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 exacerbates the unequal and undemocratic condition of Puerto Rico. Dr. Atiles have published in peer-reviewed international journals and in several book chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes. Currently, he is co-editing a special issue entitled Viral Legalities: Viral Legalities: Can Law Help Prevent Future Pandemics?, for the Law and Policy Journal, and working on his book manuscript Law in/as Crisis: Emergency Powers, Corruption and Resistance in Puerto Rico.