Research Interests

Carceral Studies; White-collar and corporate crime; corruption; critical legal theory; critical race theory; transnational organized crime; power and social control; criminology of food; island criminologies; drug policy



  •  Leon, Kenneth Sebastian. White-Collar Crime and Public Corruption in the Nightlife Economy: An Ultra-Realist Perspective. Routledge. *Under contract with Routledge – Crimes of the Powerful Series.


  • Leon, Kenneth Sebastian. 2018. The Colombian National Police and the Politics of Crime Control Evaluations. Forthcoming in International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

  •  Leon, Kenneth and Ivy Ken. 2018. Legitimized Fraud and the State-Corporate Criminology of Food - A Spectrum-Based Theory. Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-018-9787-6

  • Gould, Jon and Kenneth Leon. 2017. A Culture that is Hard to Defend: Extralegal Factors in the Defense of Federal Death Penalty Cases. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 107(4): 643-686. (  

  • Leon, Kenneth and Ivy Ken. 2017. Food Fraud and the Partnership for a ‘Healthier’ America: A Case Study in State-Corporate Crime. Critical Criminology 25: 393-410. DOI 10.1007/s10612-017-9363-x

  • Leon, Kenneth and Daniel Martinez. 2016. To Study, to Party, or Both? Assessing Risk Factors for Non-Prescribed Stimulant Use Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 49(1): 22-30. (

  • Leon, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2014. “Legalizing Marijuana: Comparing Ballot Outcomes in Four States.” Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology 2(2): 193-218.


  • Leon, Kenneth. 2018. Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses as a Social Justice Imperative. In J. Hill and N. Marion (eds.) More on Legalizing Marijuana: Ongoing Shifts in American Policies. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

  • Leon, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2015. Marijuana Legalization: Comparing Recent Ballot Initiatives. In J. Hill and N. Marion (eds.) Legalizing a crime: Marijuana policies across America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.