Robert Futrell

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


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.



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas

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Robert Futrell In The News

November 27, 2021
Nevada law enforcement and prosecutors are combating a homegrown type of terrorism rearing its anti-government head in confrontations with authorities.
September 27, 2021
A wooden structure tucked behind two palm trees in the front yard of a house on Blackthorn Drive in Sunrise Manor is visible when drivers turn into the east Las Vegas neighborhood.
August 24, 2021
Las Vegas could be at risk of being used as a platform for spreading misinformation by far-right extremists who have openly called for the insurrection and participated in the failed coup in Washington.
August 17, 2021
For the first 15 years of her life, Daniella Mestyanek Young’s entire world was The Family.

Articles Featuring Robert Futrell

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.