Justin Farrell

Professor of Sociology

Justin Farrell is a professor and author at Yale University, School of the Environment.

He studies culture and environment, with a focus on social class, moral conflict, and epistemology. He blends ethnographic fieldwork in rural communities with large-scale computational techniques from network science and machine learning. 

His books and articles have won national awards and regularly appear in major media. He frequently presents to policymakers, including the U.S. Senate, the White House, the Vatican, and the United Nations.

His research has been published by Science, Princeton University Press, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, the American Sociological Review, among others, and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. 

Justin is a proud first-generation college grad and Wyoming native.


I am deeply committed to my students, and value the incredible opportunity I get to be a trusted mentor. Through classroom discussions, field courses, thesis advising, and informal conversations, I enjoy being a resource of encouragement and support to help my students discover and investigate interesting ideas, harness research methods, and navigate career life.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame

On leave for the Fall 2023 semester


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