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Robert Futrell, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Office: CBC-B 232


Robert Futrell (Professor, Sociology) specializes in areas that include: social movements and social change, environmental sociology, urban sustainability, and science and technology. His environmental research focuses on sustainability, climate change, and urban life in the U.S. desert southwest. His current social movement scholarship focuses on the cultural and organizational dynamics of movement persistence. Dr. Futrell has also received several teaching awards including the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Futrell joined the UNLV faculty in 1999.

Recent Courses Taught

  • SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 413/613 — Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 407/607 — Environmental and Society
  • SOC 455/655 — Social Movements and Social Change
  • SOC 497 — Sociology of Climate Change
  • SOC 709 — Graduate Seminar in Teaching Sociology
  • SOC 755 — Graduate Seminar in Social Movements
  • SOC 768 — Graduate Seminar in Environmental Sociology

Current Research Projects

  • U.S. White Power Mobilization
    This project consists of a series of articles and a book project with Pete Simi (University of Nebraska-Omaha) on the mobilization and persistence of the white power movement in the United States.
  • UNLV Nevada Test Site Oral History Project
    This recently completed grant-funded project with Andy Kirk (history) and Mary Palevsky (UNLV Black Mountain Institute) archives more than 340 hours of oral histories with Test Site workers, Native Americans, down-winders, and others affected by the U.S. continental site for nuclear testing. This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Education. Click on the title for more information.
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey
    A grant-funded research project with professors Christie Batson and Barb Brents to survey the attitudes, knowledge, and desires of Las Vegas Valley residents about environmental, social, and economic sustainability. This project is funded by the UNLV Presidential Research Award and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.