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

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.
July 27, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has always been a nightmare for higher education, but in the 2020-21 school year, it has largely spared the country’s sparsely populated campuses from growing political tensions.
July 26, 2021
College leaders should be ready for protests, provocations, and lone attacks, experts say.

Articles Featuring Robert Futrell

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.
Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.