Dr. Andrea S. Boyles, a native of St. Louis, MO, holds a B.A. in English and M.A. in Sociology from Lincoln University of Missouri. Later, she earned a 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, feminist, race scholar, Dr. Boyles has served on local and national diversity taskforces/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 but not limited to, American Airlines, Amnesty International, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE), 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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