Sociologist. Critical Criminologist. Ethnographer. Author.

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"Boyles’ account of post-Ferguson provides context with meticulous detail." — Danye Medhin, Criminal Justice Review

"It's less of a discussion of police violence and more of a theoretically motivated account of how people respond to a permanent state of disorder.  For that reason, You Can't Stop the Revolution breaks out of a well tread genre of books about police violence and Black Lives Matter and moves into a very provocative discussion of the nature of social order for oppressed communities." — Fabio Rojas, Ethnic and Racial Studies 

 "Andrea Boyles's three-year study captures poignant displays of commonly discounted resilience and determination that historically oppressed people equip themselves with to endure."—Rod K. Brunson, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Chair of Public Life, Northeastern University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

"Gives us a deeper understanding of what happened in Ferguson and why it continues. This book is brilliantly written and inspires us all to work for change."—Amy A. Hunter, St. Louis native and social justice speaker, activist, and creator of TED Talk "Lucky Zip Codes"

"A critical masterpiece that refocuses our attention around police violence onto Black bodies across geographical Black spaces not typically considered in the literature. Powerfully captures Ferguson in ways that problematize earlier assumptions about racialized policing and violence—and demonstrates how Blacks resist state and community violence. A major contribution!"—Jason M. Williams, coeditor of Black Males and the Criminal Justice System

"Very little scholarship in our field constitutes this type of solid, detailed, and well-integrated methodological work, marrying the micro and macro levels of data and analysis. A pathbreaking study of the black community engaging in community and political activity that the author frames as 'protecting and serving.'"—Peter Kraska, author of Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and the Police

 "'s fabulous. Vivid, passionate and engaged...gave voice to the participants and provided a series of sociological frames to understand and appreciate the movement and events... It is an impressive scholarly achievement." —Robert Schaeffer, author of Social Movements and Global Social Change   

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Race, Place, and Suburban Policing (2015)



"It is not serendipity that an academic engages a topic that suddenly enters the national conversation; rather,it is a reflection of Dr. Boyles' attentiveness as a scholar and an author that she chose to write about one of the key civil rights issues of the twenty first century, just as it was boiling under the national surface."—Andrea Morrell, City and Society
"Boyles brings two fresh perspectives to the table of policing literature. First, her focus is on suburbia rather than the more traditional policing milieu of cities. Second, she expands the conversation from the police to the body politic as a whole. This latter novelty is arguably the most important addition Boyles makes to the policing literature."—Johnathon A. Cooper, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
"Rarely do we scrutinize the persistent inequalities between white and black America at the root of these social problems. It is in this context that Andrea Boyles’ book Race, Place, and Suburban Policing is so timely... informative."—John E. Balzarini, Contemporary Sociology
"Boyles presents a unique and innovative understanding of the relationship between race, place, and policing."—Brian P. Schaefer, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology
"Sounding the call for more research into suburbs is Andrea Boyles’s very timely Race, Place, and Suburban Policing."—Brenden Beck, Sociological Forum

"Contributes to the dialogue surrounding race, place, and policing as it challenges status quo assumptions by giving voice to black citizens and putting their experiences with police at the forefront of the narrative."—Amy Lubitow and Emma Deppa, Teaching Sociology

"The contribution this text makes lies in its devotion to capturing the stories of the people involved. Although the narratives are principally those of Meacham Park’s residents, the author does include pertinent stories from former Kirkwood leaders. This research required 2 years to complete. Few researchers would devote this much time to a study, preferring instead to merely collect quantitative data and produce statistical reports. Boyles’ attention to detail is impressive. Moreover, it is clear from her writing that she values the contributions made by each of the people she interviews."—Brian Withrow, Criminal Justice Review

Race, Place, and Suburban Policing is a timely and important book. Set in a suburb not far from Ferguson, MO, it is a must-read for those who seek a deeper understanding of the social and historical forces that led to the killing of Michael Brown and the protests that took hold of Ferguson in the months following his death.”—Nikki Jones, author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence

This book is a powerful and prescient investigation of police–African American community relations in suburban St. Louis. What makes Boyles’ work so compelling is her insistence that contemporary racialized policing be understood through a socio-historical lens. She balances a broad view, including the roots of American policing in slave codes and sundown towns, with the rich and careful analysis of the history of place to offer a groundbreaking contribution.”—Jody Miller, author of Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence and One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender

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Essayist in Segregation by Design (2019)


Boyles, Andrea S. 2019. “The Effects of De Facto Segregation: Socio-Economic and Political Alienation, Crime, and Contentious Black Citizen-Police Exchanges.” Essay in Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis.  Springer International Publishing.

This book discusses racial segregation in American cities. Using St. Louis as a point of departure, it examines the causes and consequences of residential segregation, and proposes potential mitigation strategies. While an introduction, timeline and historical overview frame the subject, nine topic-specific conversations – between invited academics, policy makers and urban professionals – provide the main structure. Each of these conversations is contextualized by a photograph, an editors’ note and an essay written by a respected current or former St. Louisan. The essayists respond to the conversations by speaking to the impacts of segregation and by suggesting innovative policy and design tactics from their professional or academic perspective. The purpose of the book, therefore, is not to provide original research on residential segregation, but rather to offer a unique collection of insightful, transdisciplinary reflections on the experience of segregation in America and how it might be addressed.