Justice Tankebe is a University Lecturer in Criminology and a Fellow at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. He holds MPhil degree in Criminological Research and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. He was the Director of MPhil Programmes, 2013 - 2016. Justice has held postdoctoral research fellowships from the ESRC, the British Academy, and Fitzwilliam College. Prior to his current appointment, he was a teaching associate on the Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge. Justice attended Agogo State Secondary School (now Agogo State College), Ghana. He studied Sociology at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he also worked as a teaching assistant.
Justice's interests lie in policing, legitimation and legitimacy, organisational justice, corruption, vigilantism and extra-legal punishment, comparative criminology, sociology of law, crime and criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa. His current research projects include legitimacy and counter-terrorism policing, corruption among prospective elites, sentencing decision-making in Ghana, the death penalty in Africa, and police self-legitimacy. Students interested in doctoral studies in any of these areas of interest should contact Justice with a synopsis of their research proposal.
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals
Tankebe, J. (2018) In Their Own Eyes: An Empirical Examination of Police Self-Legitimacy. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice https://doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2018.1487870 2018
Tankebe, J., Karstedt, S., & Adu-Poku, S. (2018) Corruption Intentions Among Prospective Elites in Ghana: An Economy of Esteem. International Criminal Justice Review, doi.org/10.1177/1057567718799827
Ariel. B. & Tankebe, J. Ethnic Stratification and Multiple Outcomes in Police Stops and Searches. Policing and Society 28(5): 507–525
Wain, N., Ariel, B., & Tankebe, J. (2017) The Collateral Consequences of GPS-led Supervision in Hotspots policing. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal
Tankebe, J. & Asif, M. (2016) Legitimacy and Public Support for Vigilante Violence in Pakistan. International Journal of Comparative Criminology and Applied Criminal Justice
Tankebe, J., Reisig, M., and Wang, X. A. (2016) Multidimensional Model of Police Legitimacy: A Cross-cultural Assessment. Law & Human Behavior 40(1): 11-22
Ariel. B. & Tankebe, J. (2016) Ethnic Stratification and Multiple Outcomes in Police Stops and Searches. Policing and Society doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2016.1184270
Tankebe, J., Hills, A. & Cole, B. (2014) Emerging Issues of Crime and Justice in Africa: An Introduction. Special Issue of Criminology & Criminal Justice 14(1): 3-7
Tankebe, J. (2014) The Making of Democracy's Champions: Police Support for Democracy in Ghana.Special Issue of Criminology & Criminal Justice 14(125-43
Reisig, M. D., Tankebe, J. and Meško, G. (2014) Compliance with the Law in Slovenia: The Role of Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 20 (2): 259-276.
Tankebe, J. (2013) In Search of Moral Recognition? Policing and Eudaemonic Legitimation in Ghana. Special Issue of Law & Social Inquiry 38(3): 576-597
Tankebe, J. (2013) Viewing Things Differently: Examining the Dimensions of Public Perceptions of Police Legitimacy. Criminology 51(1): 103-135
Bottoms, A. E. and Tankebe, J. (2012) Beyond Procedural Justice: A Dialogic Approach to Legitimacy in Criminal Justice. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 102: 119-170
Reisig, M. D., Tankebe, J. and Meško, G. (2012) Procedural Justice, Police Legitimacy, and Public Cooperation with the Police among Young Slovene Adults. Journal of Criminology and Security 14(2): 147-164
Tankebe, J. (2011) Explaining Police Support for Use of Force and Vigilante Violence in Ghana. Policing & Society 21(2): 129-149
Tankebe, J. (2010) Public Confidence in the Police: Testing the Effects of Experience of Police Corruption in Ghana. British Journal of Criminology 50 (2): 296-319
Tankebe, J. (2009) Public Cooperation with the Police in Ghana: Does Procedural Fairness Matter? Criminology: An International Journal 47(4): 1265-1293
Tankebe, J. (2009) Self-Help, Policing and Procedural Justice: Vigilantism and the Rule of Law in Ghana. Law and Society Review 43(2): 245-269
Tankebe, J. (2009). Policing, procedural fairness and public behaviour: A review and critique.International Journal of Police Science & Management, 11(1): 8-19.
Tankebe, J. Colonialism, legitimation, and policing in Ghana. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 36(1): 67-84.
Meško, G. & Tankebe, J. (2015, eds.)Trust and Legitimacy in Criminal Justice: European Perspectives in Europe. New York: Springer
Tankebe, J. and Liebling A. (2013) (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Tankebe, J. and Bottoms, A. E. (forthcoming) Criminal Justice, Social Order and Legitimacy. Oxford: Clarendon Press
Bottoms, A. E. and Tankebe, J (2017) Police Legitimacy and the Authority of the State. In A. du Bois-Pedain, M. Ulväng and P. Asp (eds.) Criminal Law and the Authority of the State. Oxford: Hart Publishing
Tankebe, J. & Meško, G. (2015) Police Self-Legitimacy, Use of Force, and Pro-Organisational Behaviour in Slovenia. In Meško, G. & Tankebe, J. (eds.) Trust and Legitimacy in Criminal Justice: European Perspectives. New York: Springer
Tankebe, J. (2014) Police Legitimacy. In M. D. Reisig & J. Kane (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing. New York: Oxford University Press
Bottoms, A. E and Tankebe, J. (2013) 'Voice Within': Power-holders'Perspectives on Authority and Legitimacy. In J. Tankebe and A. Liebling (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Tankebe, J. and Liebling (2013) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An Introduction. In J. Tankebe and A. Liebling (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Tankebe, J. (2010) Legitimation and Resistance: Police Reform in the (un)making. In L. K. Cheliotis (ed.) Roots, Rites and Sites of Resistance: The Banality of Good. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp.197 - 245)
Conference Presentations and Invited Talks
Tankebe, J (2015) Rule of Law: A Question of Legitimacy. Paper presented at 7thc Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence and Prevention Meeting. World Health Organisation, Geneva - Switzerland (Sept 25 - 27)
Tankebe, J. (2015) The Nature of Police Audience Legitimacy. Paper presented at the International Conference on Police-Citizen Relations. University of Grenoble. Paris - France (April 19 - 21)
Tankebe, J. (2015) Rethinking Police Legitimacy. Invited paper presented at the All Souls Criminology Series, University of Oxford. Oxford - UK (March 12)
Tankebe, J. (2014) Legitimacy and Violence Prevention. Paper presented at the Global Violence Prevention conference. University of Cambridge. Cambridge - UK (Sept. 17 - 19)
Tankebe, J. (2014) Legitimacy and Regulatory Compliance. Invited paper presented at Inspection Reform Conference. Department for Business Innovation and Skills. London (September 9 - 11)
Tankebe, J. and Kochel, T. R. (2012)A Grounded Approach to Developing a Police Legitimacy Scale. Presented at the American Society of Criminology conference. Chicago - US (Nov. 14 - 17)
Tankebe, J. (2012) Legitimacy and Cooperation with Legal Authorities. Presented Symposium Jointly Organised by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, British Society of Criminology & British Academy, London - U. K. (March 20)
Tankebe, J. (2010) Police Self-Legitimacy: Theory and Evidence. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco - U.S.A (Nov. 16 - 20)
Tankebe, J. (2010) Sociological Theory and Police Research. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco - U.S.A (Nov. 16 - 20)
Tankebe, J. (2010) Whose Legitimacy? Why Legitimacy? Presented at the annual meetings of the European Society, Liège -Belgium (September 8 - 11).
Tankebe, J. (2010) Theorising and Researching Police Legitimacy. Presented at the Leeds Centre for Criminology, University of Leeds, Leeds - U.K. (March 16)
Tankebe, J. (2009) Consent and Legitimacy in Policing. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia - U.S.A. (Nov. 4 - 7).
Tankebe, J. (2009) Police Legitimacy and the Problem of Multiculturalism. Presented at the annual meetings of the European Society, Ljubljana - Slovenia (September 9 - 12).