Profile photo of Obi Ebbe
Obi Ebbe
Professor of Sociology
Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  306A Brock Hall

Obi N. I. Ebbe is a recognized expert in political criminology and international criminal justice systems. He specializes in quantitative methods, statistics, white collar crime, organized crime, comparative criminal justice systems, global human trafficking, institutional corrections, and juvenile delinquency. His most recent textbook publications are State Crimes Around the World: A Treatise in the Sociology of State Deviance (2016), Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems: Policing, Judiciary, and Corrections, 3rd edition (ed. 2013), and “Crimes of the Privileged Class” (Journal article, 2017).


Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ph.D (1981), Sociology

Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, M.A. (1977), Sociology

Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, B.A. Honors College, Sociology.

Teaching Interests

Social Statistics, criminology of power (political-criminal nexus), white collar crime, organized crime, global trafficking in human beings, and comparative and international criminal justice systems.

Teaching Approach

In my pedagogical approach at a liberal art college such as UTC, I employ a combination of heuristic method and plain presentation of facts.

Why did you become a Professor of Sociology?

Ever before I entered a university to study for an academic degree, I had wondered ‘why some people commit crime while others don’t?’ I entered Western Michigan University to study “Finance.” In my first semester, I found the meaning of “criminology.” And it was offered in sociology. Then I decided to drop finance and took up sociology as a major. I’m glad I did, because criminology has taken me all over the world.

Why is “Social Statistics” your number one teaching interest?

This is because I like logic, and statistics is purely logic and analysis. Additionally, like natural and physical science laws, statistical principles and formulas do not change over time.

What are your expectations of students?

Defer not until tomorrow what today can achieve. Study harder to achieve greater tomorrow. “Honor and shame on no condition rise.  Act well your part, there all the honor lies” (A. Pope).