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