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Temitope Oriola, BSc, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor



About Me

Temitope Oriola's research encompasses resource conflicts and "state-organized" crime; use of force and weaponization of the police in North America; and terrorism studies. 

A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, Oriola was professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, University of British Columbia) prior to joining the University of Alberta faculty. Oriola’s works appear in leading journals, such as Sociology, the British Journal of Criminology, African Security, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Review of African Political Economy, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, among others.  

Oriola works with students who are researching police/policing, insurgencies, resource conflicts, terrorism studies, state crime and/or the political economy of crime.


Selected publications:

Oriola, Temitope B. 2016. “Revisiting Adoption of Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) by Canadian Police”, Criminal Justice Ethics.  DOI: 10.1080/0731129X.2016.1204716. 

Oriola, Temitope B.; Heather Rollwagen; Nicole Neverson and Charles T. Adeyanju. 2016. "Public Support for Conducted Energy Weapons: Evidence from the 2014 Alberta Survey", Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, DOI:

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “’Unwilling cocoons’: Boko Haram’s war against women”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1177998

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “‘I acted like a man’: Exploring Female Ex-Insurgents’ Narratives about Nigeria’s Oil Insurgency”, Review of African Political Economy. DOI:10.1080/03056244.2016.1182013

Oriola, Temitope. 2016. “Correlates of criminal behaviour,” In Rick Linden, Criminology: A Canadian Perspective. 8th edition. Pp. 119-154. Toronto, Ontario: Pearson.

Oriola, Temitope. 2013. Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers. Farnham: Ashgate.

Oriola, Temitope, Kevin Haggerty and Andy W. Knight. 2013. “Car bombing ‘with due respect’: The Niger Delta insurgency and the idea called MEND”, African Security, 6, 1: 67-96.

Oriola, Temitope. 2013. “Nigeria’s oil insurgency and the imperative of violence master frame” in Towards a Post Oil Civilization: Yasunization and other initiatives to leave fossil fuels in the Soil. L. Temper, I. Yanez, K. Sharife, O. Godwin and J. Martinez-Allier (Coord). E-jolt report no. 6. Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Oriola, Temitope. 2012. ‘The Delta creeks, women’s engagement, and Nigeria’s oil insurgency,’ British Journal of Criminology, 52, 3: 534-555.

Oriola, Temitope, Nicole Neverson & Charles Adeyanju. 2012. “’They should have just taken a gun and shot my son’: Taser Deployment and the downtrodden in Canada”, Social identities, 18, 1: 65-83.


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