John D. Boy is an assistant professor of sociology at Leiden University. He teaches urban studies, digital society, and qualitative and computational methods in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, the interdisciplinary Urban Studies program, and the university's liberal arts institution, Leiden University College. He also advises undergraduate and masters theses.
He joined Leiden University after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam for four years, where he also taught urban studies and sociology. He received his Ph.D. in sociology (with a certificate in women's studies) from the City University of New York in 2015. While a doctoral candidate, John taught at several CUNY colleges, and he also served as a policy analyst and an instructional technology fellow.
John's research focuses on urban, digital and religious spaces and investigates how they are made, how they intersect, and how they change. His areas of expertise include the sociology of religion, social and cultural theory, urban studies, and digital sociology.
- Boy John D (2020), ‘The metropolis and the life of spirit’ by Georg Simmel: a new translation, Journal of Classical Sociology : 1-15.
- Savolainen L., Uitermark J. & Boy J.D. (2020), Filtering feminisms: emergent feminist visibilities on Instagram, New Media & Society : 1-23.
- Boy J.D. (2020), textnets: a Python package for text analysis with networks, Journal of Open Source Software 5(54): 2594.
- Boy J.D. & Uitermark J. (2020), Lifestyle enclaves in the Instagram city?, Social Media + Society 6(3): 1-10.
- Boy J.D. & Torpey J.C. (2019), Out of the Deep Past: The Axial Age and Robert Bellah’s Project of Social Criticism. In: Bortolini, Matteo (Ed.) The Anthem Companion to Robert Bellah. London: Anthem Press. 81–96.
- Boy J.D., Uitermark J. & Wiersma L. (2018), Trending #hijabfashion: Using Big Data to Study Religion at the Online–Urban Interface, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 31(1): 22-40.
- Boy J.D & Uitermark J. (2017), Reassembling the city through Instagram, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42(4): 612-624.
- Boy J.D. & Uitermark J. (2016), How to Study the City on Instagram, PLoS ONE 11(6): e0158161.
- Boy J. (2015), The Axial Age and the Problems of the Twentieth Century, The American Sociologist 46(2): 234-247.
- Boy J.D. & Torpey J. (2013), Inventing the axial age, Theory and Society 42(3): 241-259.
- Boy J.D. (2012), Provincializing the European Religious Landscape, Perspectives on Europe 42(1): 80-83.
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