Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff (born September 11, 1970) is an American academic, author, and former athlete. He is a former professional 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.

Jules Boykoff
BornJason Boykoff[citation needed]
(1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 49)
Pen nameBoykoff
OccupationAcademic, author
EducationPh.D in Political Science
Alma materUniversity of Portland
Notable worksBeyond 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 awardsTrombley Award for teaching excellence

Life and workEdit

Soccer careerEdit

Jules Boykoff
Personal information
Full name Jason Boykoff
Date of birth (1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Madison, Wisconsin
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wisconsin Badgers
Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Portland Pride (indoor) 98 (26)
1993–1994 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 40 (3)
National team
1990 United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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 Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). He also played with National Professional Soccer League team Milwaukee Wave. In all he played four seasons of indoor professional soccer.[1][2][3]

At the age of 19, he played for the United States men's national under-23 soccer team in the 1990 Toulon Tournament.[4] The United States Soccer Federation entered the 1990, 1991 and 1992 editions in preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympics football tournament.

In 2019, Boykoff was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame.

Academic careerEdit

Boykoff is currently a professor of Politics and Government at Pacific University, Oregon. In 2007 and 2009, students selected him as recipient of the Trombley Award for teaching excellence.[5] He also held a visiting professor position at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington during the 2004–2005 school year.[6]

Boykoff has been called “one of the biggest names in international Olympic Games academia."[7] He is the author of 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) and Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013). He has written op-eds on Olympic politics for the Guardian,[8] the New York Times,[9][10][11] the San Francisco Chronicle,[6] and elsewhere.[12] He has also appeared on the BBC,[13] Democracy Now!,[14] and NHK TV in Japan[15] to discuss the Olympic Games.

Boykoff has appeared on various radio shows, including Democracy Now!, Alternative Radio,[16] Living on Earth,[17] CounterSpin,[18] The Thom Hartmann Program, and Media Matters with Bob McChesney[19] 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) and The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge, 2006).

Boykoff is also a published poet. He is the author of Once upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006)[20] and his poem “Commandment #8” was named 2006 Sexiest Poem of the Year by Philadelphia poet CA Conrad.[21] With his longtime partner/wife Kaia Sand, who is also a poet, Boykoff runs The Tangent Reading Series in Portland, Oregon.[22][23]

Common course topics taught by Boykoff include US politics, the politics of surveillance, mass-media and politics, and the politics of literature and poetry.[24] In November 2006, he spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, "COP 12".[22][25] 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.[22]

Boykoff is also co-editor of The Tangent, a politics and art zine.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Jules is married to the poet Kaia Sand. They live in Portland, Oregon with their daughter Jessi Wahnetah.

Selected publicationsEdit


  • 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)
  • Hegemonic Love Potion (Queens, New York. Factory School, 2009) (poetry)
  • 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)
  • Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006) (poetry)

Recent Scholarly Publications

  • “Riding the Lines: Academia, Public Intellectual Work, and Scholar-Activism,” Sociology of Sport Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (2018): 81–88.
  • “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, Sustainability, and Greenwashing: The Rio 2016 Summer Games,” with Gilmar Mascarenhas, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2016): 1-11.
  • ″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.


  1. ^ Dodge, Steve (Spring 2007). "Q & A with Jules Boykoff Assistant Professor of Politics and Government". PACIFIC Magazine. Pacific University. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Hanley Jr, Daniel P. (October 28, 1993). "Milwaukee thinks big after signing Nogueira, 4 others". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Boykoff makes his mark". The Milwaukee Journal. February 3, 1994. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "18ème Festival Foot "Espoirs"". festival-foot-espoirs.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b "Sochi Games Are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism"
  7. ^ "Western to Hold 12th Annual International Symposium for Olympic Research"
  8. ^ Profile Jules Boykoff: 'Guardian' Author Page
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ “Olympian Arrogance"
  11. ^ “A Bid for a Better Olympics"
  12. ^ "Olympics" from the Author's homepage & official website
  13. ^ BBC programs webpage for "In The Balance"
  14. ^ Democracy Now!: “Olympic Goodwill Image Belied by Arrests, Censorship and Corporate Ties Behind London Games
  15. ^ NHK Global Wisdom Debate Archived 2014-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Alternative Radio : Jules Boykoff : Squelching Dissent Archived 2007-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Living on Earth: September 10, 2004
  18. ^ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on environmental coverage, Jules Boykoff on global warming
  19. ^ Media Matters with Bob McChesney
  20. ^ Jules Boykoff: Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge
  21. ^ Caconrad'S Annual Sexiest Poem Of The Year Award
  22. ^ a b c OregonLive.com's Printer-Friendly Page
  23. ^ The Tangent Occasional Reading Series Archived 2008-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Jules Boykoff - Department of Politics & Government at Pacific University
  25. ^ Panel debate: Communicating climate change - CICERO
  26. ^ zine Archived 2007-01-01 at the Wayback Machine

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