Jules Boykoff, PhD

Associate Professor; Politics & Government Department Chair
UC Box 
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.

Below are some of the courses that Dr. Boykoff teaches. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

Fall 2017

HUM 100 | Origins, Identity & Meaning

POLS 322 | The Suppression of Dissent

Spring 2018

POLS 301 | Politics and the Media

POLS 399 | Theory and Methodology in Political Science

Other courses he teaches:

POLS 140 | Introduction to US Politics 

POLS 221 | Politics in Literature and Film

POLS 224 | Environmental Politics

POLS 226 | Politics of Surveillance

POLS 321 | Protest, Dissent, and Social Change

POLS 352 | Sports and Politics


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


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

“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 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 Public Presentations & Conference Papers

“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 two full-length poetry collections: 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 www.julesboykoff.org


Print Journalism in Age of Trump Poster

Discussion begins at 1 p.m. in Marsh Hall Taylor Auditorium on the Forest Grove Campus. Admission is free.

Dr. Boykoff, chair of Pacific University's Politics & Government Department and a recognized scholar on the politics of international sport, provides his perspectives to the Los Angeles Times, ESPN and the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

An expert on the politics of international sport, Dr. Boykoff urges Olympics 2024 host city finalists Los Angeles and Paris to demand more support from International Olympic Committee.