Robert Futrell

Professor of Sociology
Expertise: Social Movements, Political Extremism, Environmental Sociology, Urban Sustainability

Biography

Robert Futrell specializes in social movements and social change, environmental sociology, urban sustainability, and science and technology. His environmental scholarship focuses on sustainability, climate change, and urban life in the United States' desert Southwest. His current social movement scholarship focuses on the cultural and organizational dynamics of social movement persistence and political extremism. His co-authored book, American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate (2015, Rowman & Littlefield) explains white supremacy in the U.S. His research has been published in outlets such as Social ProblemsSociological QuarterlyJournal of Environmental Planning and ManagementScience, Technology, & Human Values, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, among others.

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas

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Robert Futrell In The News

The Wire
You can inoculate people against fake news by exposing them to small amounts of such content – much as low doses of live virus can vaccinate people against a disease.
OpenMind Magazine
Researchers are trying to boost people’s immunity to fake news using online games and other strategies. Can these efforts protect the wider population against disinformation?
Bloomberg
Anger over Covid measures and a polarized political landscape have fueled attacks against mayors and other local officials, especially women and people of color.
Las Vegas Review Journal
A man accused of threatening Gov. Steve Sisolak and his wife while using racial and anti-government epithets is refusing to apologize for the Sunday encounter at a Las Vegas restaurant.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

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