andrea boyles

Andrea S. Boyles

Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Tulane University of Louisiana

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About Andrea

Boyles’s research focuses on topics such as race and intersectionality, gender, systemic inequality, segregation and racial-spatial politics, poverty, Black citizen-police conflict, neighborhood violence, resistance, and protests. Overarching themes in Boyles’s writings include racial and socio-historical examinations of police-citizen relations; neighborhood disadvantage and disorder; community engagement and development; resilience and collective action. Boyles serves on the Executive Committee for Tulane's Violence Prevention Institute and as a Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) delegate to the UN’s Social and Economic Council.


In the News

Quoted by Aaron Morrison, Kat Stafford in "After Buffalo, Civil Rights Leaders Pitch Anti-Hate Plans," AP News, May 19, 2022.
Quoted by Candese Charles in "Remembering, Honoring Impacts of Lawrence Brooks and Martin Luther King Jr.," 4WWL, January 15, 2022.
Quoted by Eshaan Mani in "Withdrawal From the Olympics: It’s Okay To Not Be Okay," Redefy, September 12, 2021.
Quoted by Lateshia Beachum in "Black Female Athletes Are Setting Records — And Now Leading Conversations About Mental Health," The Washington Post, July 30, 2021.
Quoted by Stacy M. Brown in "Depths of Police Violence Reported in New Study," The Miami Times, June 29, 2021.
Quoted by Stacy M. Brown in "New Study Reveals Depths of Police Violence and Its Effects on Communities of Color," The San Bernardino, June 29, 2021.
Quoted by Brittany Wallman, Mario Ariza and Megan O'Matz in "The Hunted: Police K-9s are meant to stop dangerous felons. More often they are unleashed on Black people accused of stealin," South Florida Sun Sentinel, June 9, 2021.
Opinion: "They Still Can’t Figure It Out: One Year After George Floyd’s Murder," Andrea S. Boyles, Newsweek, June 1, 2021.
Quoted by Ramon Antonio Vargas in "NOPD Furloughs Could Make City’s Rise in Violent Crime Worse, Watchdog Warns," The New Orleans Advocate, November 9, 2020.
Opinion: "Breonna Taylor’s Case Says It Loud and Clear: Black Lives Don’t Matter," Andrea S. Boyles, Newsweek, September 24, 2020.
Interviewed in "We Are Trying to Change 400 Years of Racial Discrimination," La Presse, June 7, 2020.
Quoted by in "Why People Loot," The Atlantic, June 2, 2020.
Quoted by Alex Yablon in "The Suburbs Aren’t Scared of Criminal Justice Reform," Slate, February 7, 2020.
Interviewed in "The St. Louis American," The St. Louis American, March 19, 2018.
Quoted by Kurt Erickson in "Proposal Aims to Address Police Bias," St Louis Post Dispatch, March 1, 2016.


"Racial-Spatial Politics: Policing Black Citizens in White Spaces and a 21st-Century Uprising" American Ethnologist 47, no. 2 (2020): 150–154.

Researches extended traditional examinations of racialized policing in urban spaces to examine Black residents’ experiences of policing in suburban locations, such as Ferguson.

"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. 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. 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. 


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. Describes how cumulative factors show the residual effects of racial and ethnic construction, colonization, and enslavement.