Professor Jules Boykoff Shares Insight on 2014 Winter Olympics
Pacific University Associate Professor Jules Boykoff, an expert on the politics of the Olympics, has provided extensive commentary and analysis on the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia.
He is the author of:
- Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014)
"The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are rippling with controversy, from the anti-LGBT law that clashes with the Olympic Charter to the fact that the Olympics are being held in a region that's a geopolitical tinderbox," he said.
"At the Sochi Games, the Olympic athletes promise to bring us astonishing feats of skill, strength, and poise. But away from the slopes, rinks, and half pipes, cut-throat politics and ruthless economics reign supreme."
Boykoff also recently took part in a panel discussion in New York on the politics of the Olympics and issues surrounding Sochi.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Boykoff represented the US Olympic Soccer Team in international competition. He also played college soccer at the University of Portland and professionally for the Portland Pride.
He is a frequent contributor to The Nation and The Guardian (U.K.) among others. His writing on the Olympics has appeared recently in places like the The Guardian, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and Dissent Magazine.
Dr. Boykoff is also frequently cited for his research on the suppression of political dissent.
Additional links: julesboykoff.org