Sociologist. Critical Criminologist. Ethnographer. Author.

2019.  Town Hall with Secretary-General António Guterres.  United Nations Headquarters, NY, CSW 63.

Let's Get Aquainted

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 work accounts for social inequality; the intersection of race, gender, and class;  community and neighborhood disorder; race, place, and policing; segregation and racial-spatial politics; social movements and collective action; and qualitative methods/ethnography, best attributed to four key areas:

  •  Police-Citizen Relations

  • Neighborhood Disadvantage and Disorder

  • Community Development and Engagement

  • Resilience and Collective Action


As a social justice feminist and 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).