Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Assistant Professor

Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

IU Bloomington

Full Biography

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah received his PhD in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies from the University of Toronto, where his dissertation research was funded by a fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Owusu-Bempah’s current research focuses primarily on the intersections of race, crime and criminal justice. He is currently completing a project that examines the views and experiences of Black police officers in Toronto, Canada.


Owusu-Bempah, A., Kanters, S., Druyts, E., Muldoon, K. A., Farquhar, J.W., & Mills, E.J. (2014). Life Years Lost To Incarceration: Inequities Between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Canadians. BMC Public Health, 14: 585-591.

Owusu-Bempah, A. (2014). Cannabis Impaired Driving: An Evaluation of Current Modes of Detection. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 56(2), 219-240.

Millar, P., & Owusu-Bempah, A. (2011). Whitewashing Criminal Justice in Canada: Preventing Research Through Data Suppression. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 26(3), 653-661.

Wortley, S., & Owusu-Bempah, A. (2011). The Usual Suspects: Police Stop and Search Practices in Canada. Policing and Society, 21(4), 395-407. Reprinted in Weber, L., & Bowling, B. (Eds.) (2012). Stop and Search: Police Power in Global Context. London: Routledge.

Owusu-Bempah, A., & Millar, P. (2010). Research Note: Revisiting the Collection of “Justice Statistics by Race” in Canada. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 25(1), 97-104.

Wortley, S., & Owusu-Bempah, A. (2009). Unequal Before the Law: Immigrant and Racial Minority Perceptions of the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 10(4), 447-473.


Select Book Chapters

Owusu-Bempah, A., & Wortley, S. (2014). Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada. In S. Bucerius & M. Tonry (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wortley, S. & Owusu-Bempah, A. (2012). Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada. In A. Kalunta-Crumpton (Ed.) Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice in the Americas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wortley, S., & Owusu-Bempah, A. (2011). Criminal Justice and the Experience of Blacks in Canada. In B. Perry (Ed.) Diversity, Crime, and Justice in Canada. New York: Oxford University Press.