andrea boyles

Andrea Boyles

Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Tulane University

About Andrea

Boyles’s research focuses on topics such as racial segregation and neighborhood containment, poverty, black citizen-police conflict, neighborhood gun violence, social ties and gendered-centered networks, and social movements and collective action. Overarching themes in Boyles’s writings include socio-historical examinations of race and ethnicity; the significance of place and racial-spatial politics in driving policies and conflict; the social construction and intersection of race, gender, and class discrimination; community and neighborhood disorder; racial consciousness, resilience, and socio-political mobilization; and social control.


Will Mayor Ella Jones Be Able to Turn Around Ferguson?

    Andrea Boyles

In the News

"They Still Can’t Figure It Out: One Year After George Floyd’s Murder," Andrea Boyles, Opinion, Newsweek, June 1, 2021.
Andrea Boyles quoted on disagreeing that more law enforcement personnel automatically translates into safety by Ramon Antonio Vargas, "NOPD Furloughs Could Make City’s Rise in Violent Crime Worse, Watchdog Warns" The New Orleans Advocate, November 9, 2020.
"Breonna Taylor’s Case Says It Loud and Clear: Black Lives Don’t Matter," Andrea Boyles, Opinion, Newsweek, September 24, 2020.
Andrea Boyles quoted on suburbs being created to accommodate the postwar population growth and being idealized by white populations, "The Killing of Elijah McClain and the Silent Crisis of Racism in Suburban Policing" Yahoo News, September 11, 2020.
Andrea Boyles quoted on making sure if police are defunded that funds go to communities, organizations and agencies that are actually engaged with the people, "Ask Reuters: Why the U.S. Protests Against Police Brutality Are Different This Time" Yahoo News, July 8, 2020.
Andrea Boyles quoted on subjects saw looting as retribution for the economic exploitation of black communities, "Why People Loot" The Atlantic, June 2, 2020.
Andrea Boyles quoted by Alex Yablon, "The Suburbs Aren’t Scared of Criminal Justice Reform" Slate, February 7, 2020.
"The St. Louis American," Andrea Boyles, Interview with Clark Randall , The St. Louis American, March 19, 2018.
Andrea Boyles quoted by Kurt Erickson, "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.