Temitope Oriola, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Deans Office


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

Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Deans Office


Area of Study / Keywords

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


Temitope Oriola is professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Alberta and president-elect of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA). He is joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal and member, Board of Directors, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 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, Critical Studies on Terrorism, African Security, Third World QuarterlyReview of African Political Economy, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, among others.  Oriola regularly contributes to public scholarship through keynotes, op-eds, media interviews and expert opinions. A decorated researcher and teacher, Professor Oriola is a two-time Carnegie fellow, the 2020 recipient of the Kathleen W. Klawe Prize for teaching excellence and 2022 research excellence award recipient, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. He previously served as special adviser on Police Act Review (Government of Alberta). Oriola is also former 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), school resource officer program in Canada. His graduate students work on issues such as experiences of former gang members in Alberta, Canada, the evolution of the Biafran secessionist movement, Identity Christian (or right-wing) terrorism in North America and depiction of terrorism in the media. 


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


Nigerian soldiers on the war against Boko Haram

Author(s): Temitope Oriola
Publication Date: 4/1/2021
Publication: UK
Volume: 120
Issue: 479
Page Numbers: 147-175
External Link: https://academic.oup.com/afraf/article/120/479/147/6199257

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