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Andrea S. Boyles Ph.D.

Specialty Areas:

Police-Citizen Relations, Neighborhood Disadvantage and Disorder, Community Development and Engagement, Resilience and Collective Action

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach

#Societal Structural


As a feminist, race scholar and ethnographer, Dr. Andrea S. Boyles' work accounts for social inequality and (in)justice regarding, but not limited to topics such as the intersection of race, gender, and class; Black citizen-police conflict; crime; racial-spatial politics, segregation, and containment; poverty; social ties; and resistance. Dr. Boyles's scholarship and public sociology is thematic and best attributed to four key areas: neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, police-citizen relations and social control; community development and engagement; and resilience and collective action. Dr. Boyles holds a B.A. in English and M.A. in Sociology from Lincoln University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Kansas State University with concentrations in Gender and Criminology.



• Boyles, Andrea S. 2020. “Racial-Spatial Politics: Policing Black Citizens in White Spaces and Twenty First Century Resistance.” Special Forum on Ferguson. The American Ethnologist, 47(2): 150-154.

• Boyles, Andrea S. 2019. “The Effects of De Facto Segregation: Socio-Economic and Political Alienation, Crime, and Contentious Black Citizen-Police Exchanges.” Essay in Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis. Springer International Publishing

• Boyles, Andrea S. 2015. Girls and Violence: Tracing the Roots of Criminal Behavior, by Judith A. Ryder. (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014). Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30 (2): 270-275.

• Boyles, Andrea S. 2013. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth Richie. (NYU Press, 2012). Gender and Society, 27 (3):422-424.

• Boyles, Andrea S. 2006. War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind by Renny Golden (Routledge, 2005). Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 35 (6): 572-573. Second author, with Dana Britton.



• Boyles, Andrea S. 2019. You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

• Boyles, Andrea S. 2015. Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort Oakland, CA: University of California Press.



"Breonna Taylor's Case Says It Loud and Clear: Black Lives Still Don't Matter" By Andrea S. Boyles, September 24, 2020

"The killing of Elijah McClain and the silent crises of racism in suburban policing" By Alexander Nazayran. yahoo!news, September 11, 2020.

"#AskReuters: Why the U.S. Protests Against Police Are Different This Time." By Beatrix Lockwood. yahoo!news, July 8, 2020.

“Will mayor Ella Jones be able to turn around Ferguson?” By Andrea S. Boyles. St. Louis American, June 16, 2020.

“Demonstrations against racism: ‘We are trying to change 400 years of racial discrimination.’” By Janie Gossalin. LaPresse, June 7, 2020. (Interview, English translation available through Google)

“Why People Loot.” By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, June 2, 2020.

“The Suburbs Aren’t Scared of Criminal Justice Reform.” By Alex Yablon, SLATE, February 7, 2020.

“Cookie Thornton, Meacham Park and collective experience: A conversation with sociologist Andrea Boyles.” By Clark Randall, St. Louis American, March 19, 2018.

“Proposal aims to address police bias.” By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post- Dispatch, March 1, 2016.


Dr. Boyles Website