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Onwubiko Agozino

Onwubiko Agozino, Professor

Onwubiko Agozino , Professor
Onwubiko Agozino, Professor

Department of  Sociology
562 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Onwubiko Agozino, a professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, is a scholar-activist who values inclusive excellence and diversity with critical attention focused on people of African descent and other marginalized groups around the world. He emphasizes race, class, and gender issues in his contributions to learning, discovery, and community engagement beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

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  • Law and Society
  • Sociology
  • Africana Studies
  • Decolonization of Social Sciences
  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
  • Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Member, Experts Roster, Nuremberg Principles Academy
  • Member, Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence
  • International Advisory Board Member, Sociology
  • International Advisory Board, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Best International Short Documentary, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • International Visiting Fellowships, Flinders University, Australia and University of Auckland, New Zealand, June 2018
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, African Criminology and Justice Association


2021 Emmanuel C. Onyeozili, Biko Agozino, Augustine Agu, and Patrick Ibe, Community Policing in Nigeria: Rationale, Principles, and Practice, Enugu, Fourth Dimension Publishers, and Blacksburg, Virginia Tech Publishing.

2020 Agozino, Biko; Vivian Saleh-Hannah, Emmanuel C. Onyeozili, and Nomtyantyambo Pearl Dastile, co-editors, Routledge Handbook on Africana Criminologies, London, Routledge.

2019 Essays on Education and Popular Culture: Massliteracy, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2018 Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Towards the Decolonisation of Victimisation, New York, Routledge Revivals Series, a republication of 1997 Ashgate book.

2017 Anita Kalunta-Crumpton and Biko Agozino, co-editors, Pan African Issues in Crime and Justice, New York, Routledge, paperback edition of 2004 publication by Ashgate.

2016 Critical, Creative and Centred Scholar-Activism: The Fourth Dimensionalism of Agwuncha Arthur Nwankwo, Enugu, Fourth Dimension Publishing Co., Ltd.

Chapters in Books

2023 Agozino, B. Chapter 40. ‘The Decolonization Paradigm in Criminology’ in The Routledge International Handbook on Decolonization of Justice: Edited by Chris Cunneen, Antje Deckert, Amanda Porter, Juan Tauri, and Robert Webb, London, Routledge, pp. 437-447, Open Access

2023 Agozino, B. Chapter 4. From Genocidal Imperialist Despotism to Genocidal Neocolonial Dictatorship: Decolonizing criminology and criminal justice with indigenous models of democratisation, In Decolonizing the Criminal Question: Edited by Ana Aliverti, Henrique Carvalho, Anastasia Chamberlen, and Máximo Sozzo, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp.71-85. Open Access.

2023 Agozino, Onwubiko, 'Foreword' in Emerald International Handbook on Activist Criminology, Edited by Canning, V. Martin, G., and Tombs, S., Bingley, Emerald Publishing Limited. Pp XXI-XXVIII.

2023 Agozino, B. The Decolonization Paradigm in Criminology in Cunneen, C., Deckert, A., Porter, A., Tauri, J. and Webb, R., eds, The Routledge Handbook on Decolonizing Justice, London, Routledge, pp. 437-447.

2022 Agozino, B. Chapter 3: 'Maintaining Law and Order or Maintaining Conditions Ideal for the Exploitation of Africa? A Post-Colonial Critique of Colonial Development Assumptions' in Decolonizing Colonial Development Models in Africa: A New Postcolonial Critique EDITED BY FIDELIS ALLEN AND LUKE AMADI, NEW YORK, ROWAN & LITTLEFIELD, PP. 43-63.

2022 Agozino, Biko, and Nontyatyambo Dastile, 'Criminology in Africa', in R. Sooryamoorthy, and Nene Ernest Khalema (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology of Africa (online edn, Oxford Academic, 18 Aug. 2022),, accessed 3 Nov. 2022.

Journal Articles

2022 Agozino, B. “Humanifesto” para a descolonização da Criminologia e da Justiça / Humanifesto of the Decolonization of Criminology and Justice, in Derito e Praxis, 10 annos, A Brazilian Portuguese Translation of my 2019 article in Decolonization of Criminology and Justice journal:

2021 ‘Reparative Justice: The Final Stage of Decolonization’ in Special Issue on Legacies of Empire, Punishment & Society, pp 1-18,

2021 B. Agozino, ‘Crack-Powder Cocaine Disparity and Commodity Fetishism’. Academia Letters, Article 4043.

2021 Biko Agozino and Augustine Agu, ‘Taboos of Masculinity: Positive and Progressive Masculinities’ in Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, Vol. 20, Issue 1 (Winter), pp66-83:

2021 Agozino, B ‘Theories of industrialization in Africa: Africana industrialization discourse’. History Compass e12660.

2021 Agozino, B. ‘Teaching & Learning Guide for: Theories of Industrialization in Africa’ in History Compass


Greenberg, David and Biko Agozino. "Executions, Imprisonment and Crime in Trinidad and Tobago." British Journal of Criminology, vol. 52, 2012, pp. 113–140. 

Bernard, April, and Onwubiko Agozino. "Free Space and Inner Space: On a Place for Restructuring Self and Other." The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol. 5, no. 6, 2012, pp. 56–74. 

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The Revolutionary Sociology of C.L.R. James: An Interview with Manning Marable." Transition: An International Review, no. 106, 2011, pp. 127–138. 

Burgess, Malisa, and Biko Agozino. "A Review of Africana Methodologies from Molefi Kete Asante, Terry Kershaw and Ama Mazama: The Africana Paradigm We Need to Embrace." The Western Journal of Black Studies, vol. 35, no. 1, 2011, pp. 67–73. 

  • National Science Foundation, III: Small: Collaborative Research: Global Event and Trend Archive Research (GETAR), 2017. 
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, The Trial of the Zikists in Colonial Nigeria, 2013.
  • The National Council for Black Studies, Community Engagement Grant, Africana Contributions to Science and Technology, $2,500, 2011. 
  • Grants from different programs across campus to bring two speakers to campus as part of Black History Month activities (Patricia Hill Collins from UM College Park and Jessica Omilani Alarcon from Cornel University), 2010. 
  • Campus Research and Publication Fund Grant, The University of West Indies, Shouters and the Control-Freak Empire, 2008. 
  • Government of Trinidad and Tobago, The Causes of Crime in the Country, 2007. 

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