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Professor, Sociology, University of Alberta

Temitope Oriola is professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Alberta and joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal African Security. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (first awarded by the Earl of Dufferin in 1873), 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 expertise focuses on policing & use of force, terrorism studies and armed insurgencies. A decorated researcher and teacher, Professor Oriola is a two-time Carnegie fellow and president-elect of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA).


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Alberta


  • 2011 
    University of Alberta, PhD/Sociology