John O’Brien, Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYUAD
John O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, Social Science, NYUAD

John O’Brien

Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, Social Science

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi

Biography

B.A. Brown University; Ph.D. UCLA

John O’Brien is a sociologist whose research and teaching interests include culture, religion, social identity, immigration, ethnicity, and Islam and Muslims. His current research project is a three and a half year ethnographic study of a group of Muslim teenagers coming of age in post-9/11 America. His articles have been published in the journals Social Psychology Quarterly and Contexts, and his paper on Muslim American youth and hip-hop culture was recently awarded the Best Student Paper Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion. At NYUAD, he teaches courses on Religion and Society, Islam and Society, and Ethnographic Fieldwork.

In the News

Episode 53: John O’Brien / Keeping it Halal
A rousing discussion on the background, methodology, and results documented in his book Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys.
Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience| August 24, 2017

Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
An exploration of the tensions, worldviews, and in-between existence of the Legendz, a group of young Muslim men growing up in an unnamed U.S. city.
Publishers Weekly | July 10, 2017

Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
Comprehensive fieldwork and engaging candor elevate John O’Brien’s Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys to the upper echelon of cultural study.
Foreword Reviews | September 5, 2017

Book Display — September 2017
Book reviews for September 2017.
Maydan | September 1, 2017

Books We Love, Part 2 (Roberto Sirvent)
Scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics share five books that inspire them.
Political Theology | August 9, 2017