Jules Boykoff

Professor of Politics and Government, Pacific University
Chapter Member: Oregon SSN

About Jules

Boykoff is a political scientist whose research and writing focuses on political activism, media politics, and sport mega-events like the Olympic Games and World Cup. He is former professional soccer player who also represented the U.S. Olympic Soccer Team in international competition.


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In the News

"Tokyo Olympics head Yoshiro Mori called out by Naomi Osaka and others for sexism. He must go.," Jules Boykoff, Culture and Lifestyle, Think, February 10, 2021.
"The Coronavirus Exposes Why the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Should Be Canceled," Jules Boykoff (with Dave Zirin ), Sports, The Nation, March 4, 2020.
"Donald Trump Is the Ugly Face of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics," Jules Boykoff (with David Zirin), Sports, The Nation, February 20, 2020.
"Calgary Olympic Bid Goes Down in Flames," Jules Boykoff, The Nation, November 20, 2018.
"Europe's Win in the World-Cup a Sign of Colonial History and Economic Prowess," Jules Boykoff, Interview with Tanzina Vega, The Takeaway, July 9, 2018.
"Winter Olympic Roundup: New Athletic Heroes alongside the Same Old Grifts," Jules Boykoff (with Dave Zirin), The Nation, February 26, 2018.
"Winter Olympics 2018: the Latest Battleground between Athletes and Trump?," Jules Boykoff (with Ben Carrington), The Guardian, January 10, 2018.
"From Russia Waiting to Learn Fate for 2018 Winter Olympics," Jules Boykoff, Interview with Tom Goldman, National Public Radio, December 4, 2017.
Jules Boykoff's research on Emily Albert Reyes and David Zahniser, "L.A. is Vying to Host the Olympics in 11 Years — but is Hustling to Meet a Deadline Next Week," Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2017.
"Putin 'Quite Muted' in Response to Russian Olympic Doping Scandal," Jules Boykoff, Interview with Sharmini Peries, TheRealNewsNetwork, December 14, 2016.
"What Makes Brazilians Sick," Jules Boykoff, New York Times, July 18, 2016.
"On With the Summer Games, and Bring on the Protests," Jules Boykoff, New York Times, May 16, 2016.
"Rio Olympic Spending Turns from Gold to Bronze," Jules Boykoff, Folha de São Paulo, November 3, 2015.
"Beijing and Almaty Contest Winter Olympics in Human Rights Nightmare," Jules Boykoff, The Guardian, July 30, 2015.
"European Games Cost Azerbaijan’s Activists," Jules Boykoff, Al Jazeera America, May 12, 2015.
"A Bid for a Better Olympics," Jules Boykoff, New York Times, August 14, 2014.
"After the World Cup Final, This is How to Stop FIFA from Being Such a Parasite," Jules Boykoff (with Alan Tomlinson), The Guardian, July 13, 2014.
Guest to discuss FIFA, the World Cup, and corporate sponsors on BBC: Business Daily, Jules Boykoff, July 3, 2014.
Guest to discuss World Cup politics on Oregon Public Broadcasting: Think Out Load, Jules Boykoff, June 19, 2014.
"Why You Should Root for the World Cup Protesters," Jules Boykoff, The Guardian, June 10, 2014.
Guest to discuss policies and politics of the Olympic Games on KGW: Straight Talk, Jules Boykoff, February 22, 2014.
Guest to discuss the politics of the Sochi Olympics on CounterSpin, Jules Boykoff, February 7, 2014.
Guest to discuss the Sochi 2014 Olympics on Democracy Now!, Jules Boykoff, February 5, 2014.
Guest to discuss the debate surrounding the role of corporate sponsors and the Olympics on BBC: In the Balance, Jules Boykoff, February 1, 2014.
"Sochi Games are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism," Jules Boykoff (with Dave Zirin), San Francisco Chronicle, January 24, 2014.
"Bidder Beware: To Host the Olympics Comes at Considerable Cost," Jules Boykoff, The Guardian, October 31, 2013.
Guest to discuss the politics of the London 2012 Olympics on Democracy Now!, Jules Boykoff, July 31, 2012.
"Olympian Arrogance," Jules Boykoff (with Alan Tomlinson), New York Times, July 5, 2012.
"What is the Real Price of the London Olympics?," Jules Boykoff, The Guardian, April 4, 2012.


"London’s Shadow Legacies: Security and Activism at the 2012 Olympics" (with Pete Fussey). Contemporary Social Sciences 9, no. 2 (2014): 253-270.
Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso, 2016).

Takes readers from the Olympic's nineteenth-century origins, through the event's flirtation with Fascism, and into the contemporary era of corporate control. Along the way, recounts vibrant alt-Olympic movements, such as the Workers’ Games and Women’s Games of the 1920s and 1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.

"Gender and Politics at the 2012 Olympics: Media Coverage and its Implications" (with Matthew Yasuoka). Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics 18, no. 2 (2015): 219-233.

Examines the role of gender at the 2012 London Summer Games as transmitted through the mainstream mass media in the USA and the UK.

Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014).
Provides a critical overview of activist efforts to challenge the machinations of the Olympic Games before zeroing in on protesters at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013).
Develops a theory of “celebration capitalism” to describe the political-economics of the Olympics by analyzing evidence that public-private partnerships leverage taxpayer money for private gain.
"Celebration Capitalism and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics" Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies 22 (2013): 39-70.
Applies the theory of “celebration capitalism” to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.
"The Tea Party Movement, Framing, and the U.S. Media" (with Eulalie Laschever). Social Movement Studies 10, no. 4 (2011): 341-366.
Assessing US print and television media coverage of the Tea Party Movement, this article examines the framing battle between Tea Party activists and their detractors.
The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch U.S. American Social Movements (Routledge, 2006).
Uncovers and analyzes the twelve predominant methods that the U.S. government and media deploy to suppress dissent.