Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Politics and Government



UC Box: A165

Office: Marsh Hall 234


PhD in Political Science, American University, Washington, DC in 2004.

Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in English and Spanish, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR in 1998.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Portland, Portland, OR in 1993.

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Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

POLS 140 Introduction to U.S. Politics

POLS 224 Environmental Politics

POLS 301 Politics and the Media

POLS 321 Protest, Dissent, and Social Change

POLS 322 The Suppression of Dissent

POLS 352 Politics and Sports

POLS 399 Theory and Methodology in Political Science


Areas of Research & Specialization

Currently I am responsible for teaching U.S. politics, the politics of sports, mass-media politics, social movements, the suppression of dissent and environmental politics.



Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013).

Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space, co-authored with Kaia Sand,

(Palm Press, 2008).

Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press, 2007).

The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social

Movements Routledge, 2006).

Selected Scholarly Publications

“Celebration Capitalism and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics,” Olympika, forthcoming.

“Gender and Politics at the 2012 Olympics: Media Coverage and its Implications,” (with Matthew

Yasuoka) Sport in Society, forthcoming.

“London’s Shadow Legacies: Security and Activism at the 2012 Olympics,” (with Peter Fussey)

Contemporary Social Science, forthcoming.

“Poets as Experimental Geographers: Mark Nowak, Kaia Sand and the Re-composition of Political-

Historical Space,” in Placing Poetry, eds. Zöe Skoulding and Ian Davidson (Amsterdam and New

York: Rodopi, 2013), 223-256.

"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.

"The Spatialities of Dissent and Its Suppression," Human Geography, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2011): 143-147.

"Fun at the Games: The Anti-Olympics," New Left Review 67 (Jan-Feb 2011): 41-59.

"'We're Going to Defend Ourselves': The Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party and the Local Media Response," (with Martha Gies) Oregon Historical Quarterly, Vol. 111, No. 3 (Fall 2010): 278-311.

"Devil or Democrat?: Hugo Chavez and the U.S. Prestige Press," New Political Science, Vol. 31, No. 1 (March 2009): 3-26.

"The Dialectic of Resistance and Restriction: Dissident Citizenship and the Global Media," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2008): 23-31.

"Limiting Dissent: The Mechanisms of State Repression in the United States," Social Movement Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3 (December 2007): 281-310.

"Climate Change and Journalistic Norms: A Case Study of U.S. Mass-Media Coverage," (with Maxwell Boykoff) Geoforum, Vol. 38, No. 6 (November 2007): 1190-1204.

"Surveillance, Spatial Compression, and Scale: The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.," Antipode, Vol. 39, No. 4 (September 2007): 729-756.

"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.


Selected Public Presentations & Conference Papers

"Five-Ring Politics: Activism and the 2012 London Summer Olympics," North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, November 2011.

"Moxie Politik," (with Kaia Sand), Portland State University, MFA in Social Practice Monday Night Lecture Series, Portland, Oregon, May 2011.

"Spatial Politics and the Public Sphere," University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, October 2010.

"The Suppression of Dissent," University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2009.

"Dissent and Its Suppression," St. John's University, The Institute for Writing Studies, New York, 5 October 2007.

"Balance as Bias: U.S. Media Coverage of Global Warming," United Nations Climate Change Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 14 November 2006.


Selected Popular Publications

“Bidder Beware: To Host the Olympics Comes at Considerable Cost,” The Guardian (31 October 2013)

“Brazil’s Olympic-sized Problems,” (with Chris Gaffney) Al Jazeera (14 September 2013).

“At Brazil’s Confederation Cup, A Dress Rehearsal for Dissent,” Dissent Magazine (3 July 2013).

“WikiLeaks and the 2014 Sochi Olympics,” Dissent Magazine (7 April 2013).

“The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Is a Political Tinderbox for Russia,” The Guardian (2 January 2013).

"Olympian Arrogance," (with Alan Tomlinson) The New York Times (5 July 2012).

"Protest Is Coming to the London Olympics," (with Dave Zirin) The Nation (21 May 2012).

"Has London 2012 Been Greenwashed?" The Guardian (22 April 2012).

"What Is the Real Price of the London Olympics?" The Guardian (4 April 2012).

"2012 Olympics: London, Check Vancouver," (with Janice Forsyth) The Guardian (2 January 2012).

"Occupy Wall Street: Reclaiming Public Space, Reclaiming Dignity," The Oregonian (12 October 2011).

"Hurricanes, Floods and Wildfires – But Washington Won't Talk Global Warming," The Guardian (9 September 2011).

"How the Tea Party Turned the Media's 'Liberal Bias'," The Guardian (5 August 2011).

"Why the Insurance Industry Gets Climate Change," The Guardian (28 June 2011).

"The US Military Goes to War with Climate Skeptics," The Guardian (20 May 2011).

"Reheating the Climate Change Story," The Guardian (30 January 2011).

"Portland, the Paulsons, and Bye Bye Baseball," (with Dave Zirin) The Nation (1 November 2010).

"Dissent an Olympic Non-Event: Vancouver Protests Give Way to Games as 'Unifying Force'," (with Casey Nishimura) Extra!, (May 2010).

"A Tale of Two Vancouvers," The Guardian, (12 February 2010).

"Showdown in Vancouver: Olympic Industrial Complex Meets Gold Medal Resistance," CounterPunch, (10 February 2010).

"The Paulsons' Edifice Complex" (with Dave Zirin) The Nation, (3 August 2009).

"In the Arc of American Dissent," St. Paul Pioneer Press, (25 April 2009).

"Obama Must Rein in 'Terrorist' Databases," The Capital Times, (21 January 2009).

"My Own Private Bail-out," (with Dave Zirin) The Guardian, (14 January 2009).

"Pro Soccer? Please. Public Money? No," The Oregonian, (16 October 2008).


Selected Media Appearances

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman (31 July 2012). On London 2012 Olympics politics.

Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin (27 July 2012). On London 2012 Olympics politics.

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman (26 July 2012). On London 2012 Olympics politics.

Populist Dialogues with David Delk (11 December 2011). On media coverage of the Global Justice Movement, the Tea Party Movement, and Occupy Wall Street.

If You Love This Planet with Helen Caldicott (28 March 2011). On activism, global warming, media and more.

Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin (25 October 2008). On the public financing for stadium building in Portland, Oregon.

Alternative Radio with David Barsamian (27 March through 3 April 2008). On Martin Luther King Jr. & the FBI.

Progressive Radio with Matthew Rothschild (31 December 2007 through 6 January 2008). On the suppression of dissent in the United States.

Street Roots interview with Martha Gies (14 December 2007). On the media and dissent.

Pacifica Radio (KPFK and KPFA) (December 2007). On the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

Alternative Radio with David Barsamian (26 June through 2 July 2007). On the suppression of dissent in the United States.


Extracurricular Activities

Professor Boykoff is an avid supporter of poetry. His favorite poetry books are Remember to Wave by Kaia Sand, Sarajevo Blues by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, and Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems by Linton Kwesi Johnson. He also writes poetry and is the author of Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School, 2009) and Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (2006, Edge Books, Washington, DC).
He is also an enthusiastic soccer fan who played soccer at the University of Portland. He also represented the U.S. Olympic Team (U-23 National Team) in international competition and played professional soccer for the Portland Pride, Minnesota Thunder, and Milwaukee Wave.