John Boyd

  • Doctoral Student
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow - African Studies Center (2019-2021)


Baker Hall

Research Interests

  • anthropology of the Maghreb and its diaspora, North Africa and the Middle East
  • ethnography, performance, postcolonialism, social movements, sport and society, state violence, transnationalism and migration, youth & identity
  • soccer, fandom, ultras and supporter groups, graffiti, music

Biographical Info

John Boyd joined Michigan State’s Department of Anthropology as a doctoral student in 2018. He received his BA in political science (2011) and MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (2014) at Indiana University. John’s current research focuses on youth and identity in the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) and its diaspora, primarily through soccer fandom, or the ultras movement. He is particularly interested in how young North African ultras in the Maghreb and the diaspora address and combat issues of economic & social inequality, migration, national & regional identity, state oppression, police brutality, and other forms of violence through performance. John is also interested in socially and politically conscious Maghrebi music (Raï, Gnawa, chaâbi, hip-hop, and punk), and how young North Africans (re)discover and engage with this music in its original vinyl and cassette formats.