Temitope Oriola is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal African Security and associate professor at the University of Alberta. 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 transnational crimes; terrorism studies; oil insurgencies and state crimes; political violence; policing & use of force by police and human rights. A decorated researcher and teacher, Professor Oriola is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship and the 2020 recipient of the Kathleen W. Klawe Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Oriola is president of the Canadian Association of African Studies.