Justin Farrell

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Tel: 203-436-8224

Faculty Support
Sergio N. Gomez Jr., 203-436-4297
Cherice McNeil, 203-436-4542

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



Ph.D. Sociology
University of Notre Dame


Justin Farrell studies culture, environment, and social movements using a mixture of methods from large-scale computational text analysis, qualitative fieldwork, network science, and machine learning. 

*On Leave 2016-2017 academic year: rural fieldwork & data collection for new book manuscript.

See website for more info:


Princeton University Press

"The most original political book of early 2015." -The Economist 
Winner, Outstanding Book Award (American Sociological Association AMSS)

Recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Recent articles in Nature Climate Change

Recent articles in the American Sociological Review (winner of 2015 ASA CBSM Distinguished Article Award) and Social Problems

Recent usage of research by group of U.S. Senators on the floor of Congress:

Recent media coverage of research (selected):

Washington Post; Financial Times (front page article); The Economist; HBO (documentary interview); Christian Science Monitor; The Guardian; WIRED; High Country News; The Huffington Post; Yahoo! News; Slate; NewStatesman; Politico Magazine; Mother Jones; MSN; Spektrum; Diário de Notícias; PhysOrg; Otago Daily Times; DeSmogBlog; Digital Journal; Eco-Business; Reason; Inside En- ergy; Inside Climate News; Energy Collective; Climate News Network; Skeptical Science; ThinkProgress; Forskning.no; Hamilton Spectator; Pacific Standard; Daily Kos; NeuroLogica; Ecologist

Current Courses:

Data Science for Social Research: An Introduction

Field Course in Cultural Diversity, Environmental Politics, and Social Change

The North American West as an Environmental, Cultural, and Political Case Study

Other resources: 

Yale North American West Initiative (west.yale.edu)