Jules Boykoff

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Jules Boykoff
Born Jason Boykoff
(1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 44)
Pen name Boykoff
Occupation Academic, author
Nationality American
Education Ph.D in Political Science
Notable works Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space, The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements, Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge
Notable awards Trombley Award for teaching excellence

Jules Boykoff (born September 11, 1970) is an American academic, author, and former athlete. He is a former soccer player. His research focuses on the politics of the Olympic games, social movements, the suppression of dissent, and the role of the mass media in US politics, especially regarding coverage of climate change issues.

Soccer career[edit]

At the college level, Boykoff played two years for the University of Wisconsin before crossing to the University of Portland. After graduating he was drafted in 1993 by indoor soccer team Portland Pride of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). He later joined rival NPSL team Milwaukee Wave. In all he played four seasons of professional indoor soccer.[1][2][3] He also almost played for the US Olympic soccer team in international competition.[4]

Academic career[edit]

He is currently an associate professor of Politics and Government at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where, in 2007 and 2009, students selected him as recipient of the Trombley Award for teaching excellence.

He also held a visiting professor position at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington during the 2004-2005 school year.[5]

Boykoff has appeared on various radio shows, including Democracy Now, Alternative Radio,[6] Living on Earth,[7] CounterSpin,[8] The Thom Hartmann Program, and Media Matters with Bob McChesney[9] to discuss the intersection of politics, the media, and global warming. He is the author of two books on the suppression of dissent: Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-904859-59-8) and The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge, 2006 ISBN 978-0-415-97810-1).

Boykoff is also a published poet. He is the author of Once upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006)[10] and his poem “Commandment #8” was named 2006 Sexiest Poem of the Year by Philadelphia poet CA Conrad.[11] With his longtime partner/wife Kaia Sand, who is also a poet, Boykoff runs The Tangent Reading Series in Portland, Oregon.[12][13]

Common course topics taught by Boykoff include US politics, the politics of surveillance, mass-media and politics, and the politics of literature and poetry.[14] In November 2006, he spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, "COP 12".[12][15] In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore mentioned work Boykoff co-authored with his brother Maxwell Boykoff (Oxford University, Environmental Change Institute) on US media coverage of global warming.[12]

Boykoff is also co-editor of The Tangent, a politics and art zine.[16]

Recently a grassroots campaign has emerged to thrust Boykoff into the 2008 election.[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Jules is married to the poet Kaia Sand. They live in Portland, Oregon.

Selected publications[edit]


  • Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games, Routledge, forthcoming
  • Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, AK Press, 2007.
  • Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space, co-authored with Kaia Sand, Palm Press, 2008.
  • The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements, Routledge, 2006.
  • Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge, Edge Books, 2006. (poetry)
  • Hegemonic Love Potion Factory School:Queens, New York. (2009). (poetry)

Recent Scholarly Publications

  • U.S. Media Coverage of the Cancún Climate Change Conference," PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 45, No. 2 (April 2012): 251-258.
  • The Tea Party Movement, Framing, and the U.S. Media," (with Eulalie Laschever) Social Movement Studies, Vol. 10, No. 4 (November 2011): 341-366.
  • The Leaf Blower, Capitalism, and the Atomization of Everyday Life," Capitalism Nature Socialism, Vol. 22, No. 3 (September 2011): 95-113.
  • Space Matters: The 2010 Winter Olympics and Its Discontents," Human Geography, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2011): 48-60.
  • Fun at the Games: The Anti-Olympics," New Left Review 67 (Jan-Feb 2011): 41-59.
  • "Limiting Dissent: The Mechanisms of State Repression in the United States" Social Movement Studies, .
  • "Surveillance, Spatial Compression, and Scale: The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr." Antipode, .
  • "Climate Change and Journalistic Norms: A Case Study of U.S. Mass-Media Coverage" (with Maxwell Boykoff). Geoforum, .
  • "Dissent" Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, '.
  • "Framing Dissent: Mass Media Coverage of the Global Justice Movement" New Political Science Vol. 28, No. 2 (June 2006): 201-228.
  • "Balance as Bias: Global Warming and the U.S. Prestige Press" (with Maxwell Boykoff). Global Environmental Change Vol. 15: No. 2 (July 2004): 125-136.


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Academic career[edit]