Dr. Russell Smandych
Dr. Lori Wilkinson and Michael Baffoe (Faculty of Social Work)
In 2007, Oriola left the University of Manitoba for the University of Alberta, where he completed his PhD in 2011 and won the prestigious Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, Oriola subsequently returned to the University of Alberta as faculty member after a brief period as Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and a tenure-track position at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Oriola’s research focuses on the ascendance of extremist non-state transnational actors. Dr. Oriola has published in the British Journal of Criminology, Sociology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Third World Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics and Critical Studies on Terrorism, among others. His research has received funding from organizations such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Killam Trusts. Oriola is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora fellowship. He is author or co-editor of three books, including a single-authored monograph, Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers (Routledge 2016 [orig. 2013]). He is currently working on a SSHRC supported study “Failure to detonate: Gender and inchoate suicide missions” (with Andy W. Knight).