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Andrea Boyles

Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies , Tulane University
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN

About Andrea

Boyles’s research focuses on topics such as racial segregation and neighborhood containment, poverty, black citizen-police conflict, neighborhood gun violence, social ties and gendered-centered networks, and social movements and collective action. Overarching themes in Boyles’s writings include socio-historical examinations of race and ethnicity; the significance of place and racial-spatial politics in driving policies and conflict; the social construction and intersection of race, gender, and class discrimination; community and neighborhood disorder; racial consciousness, resilience, and socio-political mobilization; and social control.


In the News

Andrea Boyles quoted by Alex Yablon, "The Suburbs Aren’t Scared of Criminal Justice Reform" Slate, February 7, 2020.
"The St. Louis American," Andrea Boyles, Interview with Clark Randall , The St. Louis American, March 19, 2018.
Andrea Boyles quoted by Kurt Erickson, "Proposal Aims to Address Police Bias" St Louis Post Dispatch, March 1, 2016.


The Effects of De Facto Segregation: Socio-Economic and Political Alienation, Crime, and Contentious Black Citizen-Police Exchanges (Springer International Publishing, 2018).

Explains de facto segregation as perpetual, cyclic, and institutionally linked to political alienation, crime, and black citizen-police conflict. Taken together, these factors are described as the residual effects of racial and ethnic construction, colonization, and enslavement.

Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort (University of California Press, 2015).

Shows encounters between black citizens and police in urban communities, there have been limited analyses of such encounters in suburban settings. Through compelling interviews, participant observation, and field notes from a marginalized black enclave located in a predominately white suburb, Andrea S. Boyles examines a fraught police-citizen interface, where blacks are segregated and yet forced to negotiate overlapping spaces with their more affluent white counterparts. 


You Can't Stop the Revolution Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America (University of California Press, 2019).

Vivid three year participant ethnography of Ferguson protests. It offers an everyday montage of direct action, social ties, and empowerment and examines how black citizens work to combat disorder, crime, and police conflict, amid twenty-first century resistance.