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Andrea S. Boyles Department of Sociology & Africana Studies University

Andrea S. Boyles

Associate Professor
Sociology & Africana Studies
220 Newcomb Hall


Ph.D. Kansas State University


I am author of books, You Can’t Stop the Revolution:  Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America (UC Press 2019) and Race, Place, and Suburban Policing:  Too Close for Comfort (UC Press 2015). 

As a feminist, race scholar and ethnographer, my work accounts for social inequality and (in)justice regarding, but not limited to the following: race; the intersection of race, gender, and class; Black citizen-police conflict; crime; racial-spatial politics, segregation, and containment; poverty; social ties; and resistance.

I have served in various capacities in academia, as well as, worked with corporations and organizations such as American Airlines, Amnesty International, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) on matters pertaining to race and discrimination.  I have also served as a delegate to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) and presently, as member and secretary of Council for Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).  Additionally, I previously taught within the Missouri prison system and presented research on the effects of incarcerated parents on children.   

I hold 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.

Research Areas

Black citizen-police interactions; neighborhood disorder and disadvantage; community development and engagement; and resilience and collective action.


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.