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Jules Boykoff, PhD

Professor; Politics & Government Department Chair
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Marsh Hall 234 (Forest Grove)

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. 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.

Dr. Boykoff regularly teaches the following courses:

HUM 100 | Origins, Identity & Meaning
POLS 140 | Introduction to US Politics 
POLS 221 | Politics in Literature and Film
POLS 224 | Environmental Politics
POLS 226 | Politics of Surveillance
POLS 301 | Politics and the Media
POLS 321 | Protest, Dissent, and Social Change
POLS 322 | The Suppression of Dissent
POLS 352 | Sports and Politics
POLS 355 | Politics & the Olympics 
POLS 399 | Theory and Methodology in Political Science

Areas of Research & Specialization

Professor Boykoff teaches courses and carries out research on U.S. politics, the politics of sports, mass-media politics, social movements, the suppression of dissent, and environmental politics.


PhD in Political Science, American University, Washington, D.C., in 2004

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

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


Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso, 2016)

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 US American Social Movements (Routledge, 2006)

Selected Scholarly Publications

"Hosting Sports Mega-Events in Developed Countries: Debating the Ideals of Sport," in The Morality of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights, Barbara J. Keys (ed.) (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), 156-177.

"Riding the Lines: Academia, Public Intellectual Work, and Scholar-Activism," Sociology of Sport Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2018): 81-88.

"'The Point, However, Is to Change It': Critical Social Sciences and the Olympic Games," in Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures, Thomas F. Carter, Daniel Burdsey, and Mark Doidge (eds.) (London: Routledge, 2018), 65-78.

"Protest, Activism, and the Olympic Games: An Overview of Key Issues and Iconic Moments," International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 34, Issue 3-4, (Sept. 2017): 162-183.

"The Olympics in the Twenty-First Century: Where Does Rio Fit In?" in Rio 2016: Olympic Myths, Hard Realities, Andrew Zimbalist (ed.) (Washington, D.C.: Bookings Institution Press, 2017), 13-34.

"The Olympics, Sustainability, and Greenwashing: The Rio 2016 Summer Games," (with Gilmar Mascarenhas), Capitalism Nature Socialism, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2016): 1-11

“London’s Shadow Legacies: Security and Activism at the 2012 Olympics,” (with Pete Fussey) Contemporary Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2014): 253-270

“Celebration Capitalism and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics,” Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies Vol. 22 (2013): 39-70

“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

"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

"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

"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 Presentations & Conference Papers

"The Political History of the Olympics and the Human Rights Thicket," Keynote lecture at the University of Connecticut Law School Symposium "Behind the Games: The Effect of the Olympics on Host Cities," April 2019.

"Anti-Olympics Activism: Protest, Politics, and the Path Ahead," Play the Game Conference, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, November 2017.

"Riding the Lines: Academia, Public Intellectual Work, and Scholar-Activism," Keynote lecture, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Windsor, Canada, November 2017.

"The Politics of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," University of Texas, 10 March 2016.

"Os Jogos Olímpicos: Uma Perspectiva Internacional," Rio de Janeiro, 8 December 2015.

"Politics, Sports, and Mega-Events," (with Dave Zirin) University of Texas, 13 March 2015.

"US and UK Media Coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics," (with Matthew Yasuoka) North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Portland, November 2014. 

“Politics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics” (with Jane Buchanan and David Harvey), City University of New York, New York, 21 February 2014.

“Celebration Capitalism,” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 14 February 2014.

“Celebration Capitalism and the Olympics,” (with Samantha Retrosi and Dave Zirin), Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York, 7 February 2014.

“Creative Writing Practice,” University of Washington, Bothell, 4 October 2013.

“Political Activism and the Olympic Games,” Keynote lecture at the Conference on Sport, Leisure, and Social Justice, University of Brighton, 19 September 2013.

“Celebration Capitalism: The London Olympics and Its Discontents,” Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London, 17 July 2012.

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

"A Bid for a Better Olympics," New York Times (14 August 2014).

“After the World Cup Final, This Is How to Stop FIFA from Being Such a Parasite,” (with Alan Tomlinson) The Guardian (13 July 2014).

“Why You Should Root for the World Cup Protesters,” The Guardian (10 June 2014).

“The Sochi Paralympics, Ukraine, and the Olympic Truce,” (with Dave Zirin) The Nation (16 March 2014).

“Sochi Games Are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism,” (with Dave Zirin) San Francisco Chronicle (24 January 2014).

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

"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)

"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)

Selected Media Appearances

Business Daily on the BBC (3 July 2014). On the World Cup, FIFA, and corporate sponsors.

Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting (19 June 2014). On World Cup politics.

New Zealand National Radio (12 June 2014). On politics and protest at the 2014 World Cup.

Al Jazeera America (7 June 2014). On security at the 2014 World Cup.

Straight Talk on KGW (22 February 2014). On the policies and politics of the Olympic Games.

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman (31 July 2012 and 26 July 2012). On London 2012 Olympics politics.

Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin (27 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.

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Boykoff is an avid supporter of poetry. He is the author of three poetry collections: Fireworks (Tinfish Press, 2018), Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School, 2009) and Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (2006, Edge Books, Washington, DC). 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's also a sports aficionado. He played college soccer at the University of Portland under legendary coach Clive Charles. 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. More information at


Nicole George

Nicole George '16 is working to perpetuate and enhance the cultures of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of southeast Alaska.

Paul Snell

Paul Snell and Jules Boykoff, colleagues in Pacific's Politics and Government Department, have emerged as important voices as protests for racial and social justice rivet the country.

Jules Boykoff, professor of politics and government, wrote an article about the Portland homelessness crisis on 

Jules Boykoff, politics and government professor, published an opinion piece on coronavirus and the Olympics on NBC.


Politics and Government Professor Jules Boykoff was quoted in a New York Times story about the spread of the coronavirus and how it might affect the coming Olympic Games, scheduled in Tokyo this July.