Dr. Andrea S. Boyles, a native of St. Louis, MO, earned a B.A. in English and M.A. in Sociology from Lincoln University of Missouri. Later, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Kansas State University with concentrations in Gender and Criminology. Her research areas/interests are social inequalities; the intersection of race, class, and gender; criminology; race, place, and policing; qualitative methods; community/neighborhood disorder; social movements and collective action.
As a social justice and feminist, race scholar, Dr. Boyles co-chairs and is member to numerous diversity taskforces/committees, locally and nationally. She has served as an NGO delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), presenter/co-presenter, panelist, and facilitator for workshops including but not limited to Black Citizen-Police Conflict and Social Action Research to Neighborhood Segregation/Integration/Exploitation and Diversity Relations with organizations ranging from American Airlines and Amnesty International to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE), The Divided City Initiative, and so forth.
Dr. Boyles has also taught within the Missouri prison system and presented research on the effects of incarcerated parents on children. As author of Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort (UC Press 2015), Dr. Boyles's current research hinges on community disorder, social ties, and informal social control with a newly released manuscript entitled, You Can't Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America (UC Press 2019).
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