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Andrea S. Boyles - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Andrea S. Boyles

Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies | Tulane University


Dr. Boyles is an expert in race and social justice; Black citizen-police conflict; neighborhood disorder/crime; community; and resistance.




Andrea S. Boyles, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is an expert in social inequality; the intersection of race, gender, and class; community and neighborhood disorder; race, place, and policing; segregation and racial-spatial politics; social movements and collective action; and qualitative methods/ethnography.

As a social justice feminist and race scholar, Boyles has served on numerous diversity task forces and committees, as a Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), and in various capacities with corporations and organizations, including American Airlines, Amnesty International and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE). Boyles has taught within the Missouri prison system and presented research on the effects of incarcerated parents on children.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Qualitative Methods

Neighborhood Disadvantage and Disorder

Intersections of Race, Class and Gender

Social Inequality

Police-Citizen Relations

Community Development and Engagement

Resilience and Collective Action

Accomplishments (4)

"You Can't Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America" (professional)

"You Can’t Stop the Revolution" is a vivid participant ethnography conducted from inside of Ferguson protests as the Black Lives Matter movement catapulted onto the global stage.

"Race, Place and Suburban Policing: Too Close For Comfort" (professional)

"Race, Place, and Suburban Policing" tells the story of social injustice, racialized policing, nationally profiled shootings, and the ambiguous nature of black life in a suburban context.

Scholar of the Year Award (professional)

Awarded in 2016 by Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois

S.O.A.R. (Service and Outstanding Achievement Recognition) Award (professional)

Awarded by the 17th Street Neighborhood Corridor in Belleville, Illinois in recognition of education/mentorship in secondary and higher education

Education (3)

Kansas State University: PhD, Sociology, with concentration in Criminology and Gender 2012

Lincoln University of Missouri: Master of Arts, Sociology 2004

Lincoln University of Missouri: Bachelor of Arts, English 1997

Affiliations (6)

  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Association of Black Sociologists
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

Media Appearances (1)

The future of policing

On Good Authority  radio


Tulane University Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies Andrea Boyles, a race scholar, ethnographer and author, discusses what we have learned about police interactions and in the year that has passed since George Floyd died in Minneapolis.

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