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Temitope Oriola

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta


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.