Justin Farrell is on leave.Fall 2020 Semester
University of Notre Dame
Justin Farrell is a professor and author at Yale University. His research tackles questions of environment, politics, human culture, and policy using a mixture of methods, blending ethnographic fieldwork with large-scale computational techniques from network science and machine learning.
His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, among others, and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER). His books and articles have won national awards from the American Sociological Association, American Library Association, used on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and covered by major media outlets such as the New York Times, LA Times, The Economist, Washington Post, HBO, WIRED, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.
National Science Foundation RAPID - COVID-19 grant, $178,698, PI, RAPID award, “Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Rural Attitudes about Federal Aid and Recovery.” NSF Sociology Program
National Science Foundation CAREER award, $417,029, PI, “The Effect of Energy Transition on Rural America: Innovative Methods to Study Cultural, Technological, and Economic Change”, NSF Sociology Program, 2018-2023
Covid-19 and Rural America
New research article: "Impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on rural America"
See website for publications, policy/media engagement, and lab information for prospective students:
The Ultra-Wealthy and
the Remaking of the American West
"Justin Farrell explores a bold new understanding of nature and people…startling, provocative, and respectful analysis of conservation…will ignite important future scholarship. A must-read."—Thomas E. Lovejoy
"Excellent and inspiring" - The Los Angeles Times
"This important and innovative book offers a rarely seen glimpse into the lives of the ultra-wealthy, exploring the ways in which they think about status, social inequality, privilege, and the environment in a context where all of these factors collide on a regular basis."—David Naguib Pellow
“This is the sort of book you didn’t know you needed until after you pick it up.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
"[Farrell] does a good job in exploring the attitudes not only of the poor…but also the rich…Highlights the contradictions between local nods to conservation by the wealthy and the wider negative impact of their businesses, including on climate change." -The Financial Times
"One of the most fascinating and important portraits of modern American life." -Porchlight
"Clearly outlines the roots of the problems: policy, western mythologies, tax breaks, and selfishness." - Outside Magazine
"Farrell has done a massive amount of research in this absorbing study of the ultra-rich and their effect on the community." -Denver Post
The Battle for Yellowstone|
Morality and the Sacred
Roots of Environmental Conflict
"The most original political book of early 2015"
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Nature, Rationality, and Moral Politics
TBA - TBA
Seminar on Public Lands and Policy in the American West
TBA - TBA
Field Course in Environmental Sociology