Temitope Oriola, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
5-21 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H4
Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Deans Office
Area of Study / Keywords
Terrorism studies policing and use of force and kidnapping.
- Professor of Criminology & Sociology
- Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies)
- Former Special Adviser to the Government of Alberta on Police Act Review
- President-elect, Canadian Sociological Association
- Former president, Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
- Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Joint Editor-in-Chief, African Security
- Chair, University of Alberta Press Committee
- Former Interim Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
- Columnist, Edmonton Journal
Temitope Oriola is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of criminology and terrorism studies. He has established a strong reputation as an expert on police reform. A public intellectual engaged in impactful work, Oriola's research has garnered national and international recognition as well as awards from community-based organizations. Professor Oriola served as special adviser to the Government of Alberta on Police Act Review and produced recommendations that were passed into law through The Police Amendment Act, 2022. 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 Quarterly, Review of African Political Economy, Criminal Justice Ethics, 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.
- Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for ‘exceptional qualities and outstanding service to our province in the field of Advanced Education and Public Service.’
- Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Award
- Arts Research Excellence Award (Associate Professor Category), Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta.
- Professional of the Year Award, Diversity Magazine, Alberta.
Professor Oriola is currently working on a number of research projects. For example, he is principal investigator of a national study on 'The School Resource Officer (SRO) program in Canada' funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Centre (SSHRC) Insight Grant. [$285,958]. Co-investigators are based in universities across Canada. Oriola is also PI on another SSHRC funded study, 'Failure to detonate: Gender and inchoate suicide missions' (with Andy W. Knight).
Oriola teaches courses such as "Power, Inequality and Crime"; "Sociology of Terrorism", "Criminology"; and "Youth, Crime and Society", among others.