Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

L. Allen Furr

L. Allen Furr


7018 Haley Center
(334) 844-5018


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • M.S.W., University of Louisville.
  • M.A., Sociology, Stephen F. Austin University
  • B.A., History, Texas A&M at Commerce

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About L. Allen Furr
Professor Emeritus

Professor Furr’s research focuses on the sociology of health, with a particular interest in mental health. Much of his work has investigated the psychosocial dynamics of facial disfigurement. He was part of the University of Louisville’s research team that pioneered facial transplantation, and his most recent work investigates the stigma experienced by facially disfigured women in India. His book, Women, Violence, and Social Stigma: A Sociology of Burn Attacks, was printed by Rawat Publishers in India in 2017.  Furr and his colleagues wrote the first two academic reviews of the new concept of head transplantation. These articles were published in the International Journal of Surgery.  A third paper was recently published in Current Transplantation Reports. His work can be found in journals in psychiatry, medicine, nursing, social work, as well as sociology.  

Dr. Furr was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at Punjabi University in Patiala, India and is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.  

Representative Publications

Furr A.  (2018).  A conversation with new chairs.  The Department Chair, 28(4): 3-4.

Barker JH, Furr A, Hardy MA, and Barret JP.  (2018).  Are we ready for a human  head transplant?  The obstacles that must be overcome.  Current Transplantation Report,

Furr A, Hardy MA, Barret JP, and Barker JH.  (2017).  Surgical, ethical, and psychosocial considerations in human head transplantation.  International Journal of Surgery, 41:190-195.

Hardy MA, Furr A, Barret JP, and Barker JH.  (2017).   The immunologic considerations in human head transplantation.  International Journal of Surgery, 41:196-202.

Furr LA.  (2014).  Facial disfigurement stigma: A study of victims of domestic assaults with fire in India." Violence Against Women. 20: 783-798.

Bierenbaum M, Katsikas, S, Furr LA, and Carter B.  (2013).  Factors associated with non-reimbursable activity on an inpatient pediatric consultation-liaison service, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20(4): 464-472.

Barker JH, Furr A, Cunningham M, Basappa PS, Wiggins O, Banis JC Jr., Alloway RR, Woodle ES, and Frank JM.  (2011).  Risk assessment and management in hand and facial tissue transplantation.  European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, 37(5): 469-476.

Marshall GA and Furr LA. (2010).  Factors that affect women’s attitudes toward domestic violence in Turkey.  Violence and Victims. 25(2): 265-277.

Suresh G, Furr LA, and Srikrishnan AK.  (2009).  An assessment of the Mental health of street-based sex workers in Chennai, India.  Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (special edition on India), 25(2):202-213.

Layer JK, Karwowski W, and Furr A.  (2009).  Human performance as a function of operator cognitive demands and quality of work life.  International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 39(2): 413-421.

Storey B, Furr A, Banis JC, Cunningham M, Vasilic D, Wiggins O, Martinez S, Reynolds CC, Ashcraft RR, and Barker JH.  (2007).  Psychosocial issues in composite tissue allotransplantation.  In, Hewitt CW, Lee WPA, and Gordon CR (eds.), Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts, pps 452-459. New York: Springer.

Furr LA, Wiggins O, Cunningham M, Vasilic D, Brown CS, Banis JC, Maldonado C, Perez-Abadia G, and Barker JH.  (2007). The psychosocial implications of disfigurement and the future of human face transplantation.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 120(2): 559-565.

Barker JH, Stamos N,  Furr A, McGuire S, Cunningham M, Wiggins O, Brown CS, Gander B, Maldonado C, and Banis Jr JC.  (2007).  Research and events leading to facial transplantation.  Clinics in Plastic Surgery, 34(2):233-250.

Barker JH, Furr A, McGuire  S, Cunningham M, Wiggins O, Banis JC.  (2007). Response to editorial entitled "On the Ethics of Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (Facial Transplantation) Letter to the Editor.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 119(5):1621-1622, 2007.

Furr LA and Das N.  (2006). The effects of social autonomy on BMI scores: A study of women in Nepal.  Contributions to Nepalese Studies, 33(1):17-26.

Barker JH, Furr A, Cunningham M, Grossi F, Vasilic D, Storey B, Wiggins O, Majzoub R, Vossen M, Brouha P, Maldonado C, Reynolds CC, Francois C, Perez-Abadia G, Frank JM, Kon M and Banis Jr JC. (2006). Investigation of risk acceptance in facial transplantation.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 118(3):663-670

Furr LA.  (2005).  The Maoist insurgency in Nepal: A socio-historical analysis. Journal of Government and Political Studies (India.), 25:49-60.

Furr LA.  (2005). On the relationship between cultural values and preferences and affective health in Nepal.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 51(1): 75-86.

Furr LA, Austin DM, Cribbs S, and Smoger S.  (2005). The effects of neighborhood satisfaction on perception of safety among refugees from the former Soviet Union. Sociological Spectrum, 25(5): 519-537.

Furr LA. (2004).  Medicalization in Nepal:  A study of the influence of westernization on defining deviant and illness behavior in a developing country. International Journal of Comparative Sociology: 45(1-2): 131-142.

Furr LA, Binkley CJ, McCurren C, and Carrico R.  (2004).  Factors affecting quality of oral care in intensive care units.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 48(5): 454-462.

Binkley CJ, Furr LA, McCurren C, and Carrico R.  (2004). Survey of oral care practices in US intensive care units.  American Journal of Infection Control, 32(3):161-169.

Furr LA, Usui W, and Hines-Martin V.  (2003). Authoritarianism and attitudes toward mental health services.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(4): 411-418.

Furr LA.  (2002).  Perceptions of genetics as harmful to society: Differences among samples of African Americans and European Americans.  Genetic Testing, 6(1): 25-30.

Austin DM, Furr LA, and Spine M. (2002).  The impact of neighborhood physical and social conditions on perceptions of safety.  Journal of Criminal Justice, 30(5):417-427.

Furr LA.  (1999).  Social status and attitudes toward organizational control of genetic data.  Sociological Focus, 32(4): 371-382.

Furr LA and Kelly SE. (1999).  The Genetic Knowledge Index: Developing a standard measure of genetic knowledge.  Genetic Testing, 3(2): 193-199.

Last Updated: July 22, 2021