About Me

Kenneth Sebastian Leon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Washington, DC. His degree concentrations are in legal philosophy and criminological theory. Research specializations include white-collar crime, corruption, crimes of the powerful, vice regulation, and classical sociological theory.

Ken has published in peer-reviewed outlets (e.g. book chapter & journal articles) and has several forthcoming articles ranging across topics and methodological techniques. His interview-based projects have ranged from interviewing alleged MS-13 gang members in DC-area detention facilities, to a Major General of the Colombian National Police; from  Congressmen of state legislatures to the organizers of the McPherson Square Occupy movement at the height of their local activity.

When he’s not working on his dissertation, Ken is teaching undergraduates through the GWU Department of Sociology. Ken’s ultimate goal is to build a career that advances critical criminological and sociological research that can influence policy, while also investing time and energy into teaching the next wave of social scientists.


Ph.D. Justice, Law, & Criminology | American University – 2017* (expected)
M.A. Criminology | George Washington University – 2013
B.S. Criminology, Magna Cum Laude | Florida State University – 2011

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