Justin Farrell

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Asst Prof Sch of For & Env Stu and Inst Soc Pol Studies
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Areas of Interest: 
Theoretical Interests: Culture, environment, social movements, social theory; Methodological Interests: Computational social science (large-scale texts and networks), qualitative fieldwork
205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-2106
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Justin Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology. He studies environment, culture, and social movements using a mixture of methods from large-scale computational text analysis, qualitative fieldwork, network science, and machine learning. 


  • Farrell, Justin. Under Contract (2017). Billionaire Wilderness. Princeton University Press. 

  • Farrell, Justin. 2015. The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict. Princeton University Press.*Winner, Outstanding Book Award (American Sociological Association AMSS) The Economist: “most original political book of early 2015.” *See recent print article about the book in The Economist


  • Farrell, Justin. 2016. “Corporate Funding and Ideological Polarization about Climate Change” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(1), 92-97.
  • Farrell, Justin. 2016. “Network Structure and Influence of the Climate Change Counter- Movement” Nature Climate Change 6(4), 370-374.
  • Farrell, Justin. 2015. “Echo Chambers and False Certainty.” Nature Climate Change 5:71- 720.
  • McVeigh, Rory, David Cunningham, and Justin Farrell. 2014. “Political Polarization as a Social Movement Outcome: 1960s Klan Activism and Its Enduring Impact on Political Realignment in Southern Counties, 1960-2000.”American Sociological Review 79(6): 1144-1171. *(ASA winner cbsm, best article)
  • Farrell, Justin. 2014. “Moral Outpouring: Shock and Generosity in the Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill.” Social Problems 61(3):482-506. *(ASA winner e&t, best grad article) Farrell, Justin. 2013. “Environmental Activism and Moral Schemas: Cultural Components of Differential Participation.” Environment and Behavior 45(3): 399-423.
  • Farrell, Justin. 2011. “The Young and the Restless? The Liberalization of Young Evangelicals.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50: 517-532.
  • Farrell, Justin. 2011. “The Divine Online: Civic Organizing, Identity Building, and Internet Fluency among Different Religious Groups.” Journal of Media and Religion 10(2):73-90. 

Selected Media Coverage

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

Several articles under review and two new books in progress, see vita for more. http://justinfarrell.org