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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.

To learn more about Dr. Agozino, visit his website

  • 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


Agozino, Onwubiko. Critical, Creative and Centered Scholar-Activism: The Fourth Dimensionalism of Agwuncha Arthur Nwankwo. FDP, 2016. 

Agozino, Onwubiko. Counter-Colonial Criminology: A Critique of Imperialist Reason. Pluto Press, 2003.

Agozino, Onwubiko. Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Towards the Decolonization of Victimisation. Aldershot, 1997. 

Agozino, Onwubiko. The Debt Penalty. Omala Media, 2010. 


Agozino, Onwubiko. Multicultural Criminological Theory. Pearson, forthcoming.

Edited Books

Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Migration Research. Edited by Onwubiko Agozino, 2000. Routledge, 2018. 

Pan African Issues in Crime and Justice. Edited by Onwubiko Agozino and Anita Kalunta-Crumpton, 2004. Routledge, 2018. 

Journal Articles

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The Withering Away of the Law: An Indigenous Perspective on the Decolonisation of the Criminal Justice System and Criminology." Journal of Global Integrity, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018.

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The View Beyond Looking: Isaac Julien’s Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask." Karib – Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2017, p. 2. DOI: 10.16993/karib.36

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The Ire of Satire Meets the Error of Terror," Sociological Research Online, vol. 20, no. 4, 2015.

Agozino, Onwubiko. "Indigenous European Justice and Other Indigenous Justices." Indigenous Perspectives and Counter-Colonial Criminology, special issue of African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1–19.

"The Poetic Jurisprudence of Zikism." Zikism: The Liberation Philosophy of Nnamdi Azikiwe, a special issue of Journal on African Philosophy, edited by Biko Agozino, no. 10, 2014.

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The Simulacra of the Simulacra: The Obscenity of Nollywood Films." International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, vol. 11, no. 3, 2014.

Agozino, Onwubiko. "Contributions of Africana Scholars to the Theory of Human Rights in Sociology." Theoria and Praxis, vol. 2, no. 1, 2014.

Agozino, Onwubiko. "The Africana paradigm in Capital: The Debts of Karl Marx to People of African Descent." Review of African Political Economy, vol. 41, no. 140, 2014. DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2013.872613


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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