L. Allen Furr

L Furr Professor and Chair
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Allen Furr is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Auburn University. Professor Furr received a BA from Texas A&M at Commerce in history, an MA in sociology from Stephen F. Austin University, and a PhD in sociology from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He also holds a master's degree in social work from University of Louisville. In 2005, Dr. Furr was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at Punjabi University in Patiala, India.

Professor Furr's research focuses on the sociology of health, with a particular interest in mental health. His work has been published in journals in psychiatry, medicine, nursing, social work, as well as sociology. In recent years he has blended his lifelong love of South Asia into his work and conducts research and takes students to India.

Dr. Furr was a part of the University of Louisville's pioneering research and clinical team studying both the surgical and psycho-social dimensions of face transplantation. He contributed to papers published in ethics and surgical journals and continues writing to address the social implications of the experimental landmark surgery. His current research is an extension of the face work and integrates his two interests by studying the stigma applied to Indian women who have been facially disfigured by acid and thermal fire attacks.

Last Updated: August 30, 2012