Temitope Oriola, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-0476
5-21 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Transnational crime terrorism studies policing and use of force social movements resource conflicts


Temitope Oriola is joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal and associate professor at the University of Alberta. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (first presented in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin), Oriola’s book Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers is one of a small number of book-length sociological investigations of political kidnapping in the English language. Professor Oriola’s research focuses on policing & use of force by police, terrorism studies, and resource-related conflict (involving tactics like political kidnappings). Publications from his research appear in leading scholarly journals, such as Sociology (the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association), the British Journal of Criminology, African Affairs, African Security, Third World QuarterlyCritical Studies on Terrorism, Review of African Political Economy, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, among others.  Oriola regularly contributes to public scholarship through public talks, op-eds, media interviews and expert opinions. A decorated researcher and teacher, Professor Oriola is a two-time Carnegie fellow and the 2020 recipient of the Kathleen W. Klawe Prize for teaching excellence. He is past-president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS).


Professor Oriola is currently working on a number of research projects, including a SSHRC funded study, "Failure to detonate: Gender and inchoate suicide missions" (with Andy W. Knight) and "Neo-slavery: Gender inequality, criminality and irregular migration" (with Charles Adeyanju, University of Prince Edward Island). His graduate students work on issues such as experiences of former gang members in Alberta, Canada, the evolution of the Biafran secessionist movement, and Identity Christian (or right-wing) terrorism in North America. 


Oriola teaches courses such as "Power, Inequality and Crime"; "Sociology of Terrorism", "Criminology"; and "Youth, Crime and Society", among others. 


Recent media appearances and public engagement

"The United States is at risk of an armed anti-police insurgency", The Conversation, April 15 2021.

"Police and politics have been dangerously intertwined during the 2020 U.S. presidential election", The Conversation, Nov. 5 2020.

"Why police reform won’t happen without public pressure on politicians", The Conversation, Nov. 3 2020.

"Defunding the police requires understanding what roles police play in our society", The Conversation, June 4 2020.

"How police departments can identify and oust killer cops". The Conversation, June 10 2020. [Republished in over 20 national and international newspapers/news media].

Getting rid of bad cops, Presentation to Edmonton City Council, 22 June 2020. Coverage provided by CBC.

Contribution to debate over School Resource Officer program (aka cops in high schools). 30 June 2020. Coverage provided by CBC.

Contribution to debate over reform of Edmonton Police Service. 7 July 2020. Coverage provided by CBC.

TV and radio appearances on police reforms in Canada. Click here and scroll down.

Global News interview on RCMP illegal spying on Indigenous activists. 14 July 2020.

Interview on W5, CTV on the Black Axe cult group and online fraud, August 2019. Documentary aired in October 2019.

On political kidnapping and oil politics, click here.

On gender and suicide bombings, click here.

On the Boko Haram phenomenon, click here (from 5th minute).

For autobiographical interview, watch engaging discussion with Dr. Kabir Mohammed Yusuf, Nile University, 2019.


SOC 425 - Sociology of Terrorism

A sociological engagement with the phenomenon of terrorism by state and non-state actors. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Temitope Oriola


Framing and movement outcomes: the #BringBackOurGirls movement
Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication Date: 9/30/2020
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436597.2020.1811663?journalCode=ctwq20
Car bombing ‘with due respect’: The Niger Delta insurgency and the idea called MEND”
Author(s): Temitope Oriola, Kevin Haggerty, Andy W. Knight
Publication Date: 7/1/2013
Publication: African Security
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 67-96
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/8018a9f5f223486f86b1dc7da1fc20a4/oriolahaggertyandknight2013.pdf
Criminogenic patterns in the management of Boko Haram’s human displacement situation
Author(s): Medinat Abdulazeez, Temitope Oriola
Publication: Third World Quarterly
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 19
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/f3a801b6ae5448719efcd705ed781281/abdulazeez-and-oriola2018.pdf
“‘I acted like a man’: Exploring female ex-insurgents’ narratives about Nigeria’s oil insurgency”
Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication: Review of African Political Economy
Volume: 43
Issue: 149
Page Numbers: 18
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/548455dc41e94f69b732b83fc28644f3/i-acted-like-a-man-exploring-female-ex-insurgents-narratives-on-nigeria-s-oil-insurgency.pdf
Ideational dimensions of the Boko Haram phenomenon
Author(s): Temitope B. Oriola, Olabanji Akinola
Publication: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Volume: 41
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 595-618
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/6a83df55b5724ae6acf7992f147f4a4b/ideational-dimensions-of-the-boko-haram-phenomenon.pdf
Public support for conducted energy weapons (CEWs)
Author(s): Oriola, Temitope B., Heather Rollawagen, Nicole Neverson, Charles T. Adeyanju
Publication: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Volume: 58
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 530-564.
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/a2439c40c87247debe3c6fc93f807000/oriolarollwagenneversonandadeyanju2016.pdf
Revisiting adoption of conducted energy weapons (CEWs) by Canadian police
Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication: Criminal Justice Ethics
Volume: 35
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 24
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/219f0834d2424fd3b67aa308fbe2bc36/revisitingadoptionofconductedenergyweaponscewsbycanadianpolice.pdf
“The ambivalent insider/outsider status of academic ‘homecomers’: Observations on identity and field research in the Nigerian Delta”
Author(s): Temitope Oriola, Kevin Haggerty
Publication: Sociology
Volume: 46
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 540-548
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/4ea74bbb44144edea21f57753b7b818d/oriola-and-haggerty_2012_ambivalent-insider-outsider.pdf
The Delta creeks, women’s engagement, and Nigeria’s oil insurgency,’
Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication: British Journal of Criminology
Volume: 52
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 21
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/de289de903b0471196470ce7895d5ffa/oriola-bjc-paper-may-2012.pdf
“’They should have just taken a gun and shot my son’: Taser Deployment and the downtrodden in Canada”
Author(s): Temitope Oriola, Nicole Neverson, Charles Adeyanju
Publication: Social Identities
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 65-83
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/2a6a82326be04680bc4f870272c0e7cd/oriolaneversonandadeyanju2012taserdeploymentandthedowntroddenincanada.pdf
"Unwilling cocoons": Boko Haram's war against women
Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Volume: 40
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 23
External Link: https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/media-library/people/oriola/8e704cd996b24af7a38277df6550d949/oriolaunwilling-cocoons2017.pdf