Justin Farrell

Assistant Professor of Sociology



Ph.D. Sociology
University of Notre Dame


Justin Farrell is a professor and author at Yale University. He studies environment, culture, rural inequality, social movements, and elites using a mixture of methods from large-scale computational text analysis, qualitative & ethnographic fieldwork, network science, and machine learning.

His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature Climate Change, the American Sociological ReviewSocial Problems, among others, and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. 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 Economist, Washington Post, HBO, WIRED, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.


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CAREER award, National Science Foundation, $400,000, “The Effect of Energy Transition on Rural America: Innovative Methods to Study Cultural, Technological, and Economic Change”, (National Science Foundation Early Career Development), 2018-2023


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

Environment, Culture, Morality, and Politics

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)