Kenneth Sebastian Leon is a PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology with a dual emphasis in sociolegal studies and criminology. His primary research interests include drug policy, deviance, state power and control, classical sociological theory, and qualitative methods.
Ken has conducted research and has a forthcoming article on the social and political factors that influence the outcomes of recreational marijuana ballot initiatives. Ongoing research projects include assessing the cost, quality, and variations of defense representation in federal death penalty cases, as well as examining Salvadorian gangs and violence.
Prior to joining the doctoral program, Ken earned his M.A. in Criminology at George Washington University, where he received a Graduate Award for Excellence in Research and Writing. Previously, he interned with the Florida Parole Commission, assisting with the restoration of civil rights through his work with the Office of Executive Clemency.
As a native of Colombia, Ken intends to specialize in drug and terrorism policy as it pertains to U.S.-Latin American relations. He is also interested in research on corruption within international trade and white collar crime.
M.A. Criminology, George Washington University
B.S. Criminology, Magna Cum Laude, Florida State University