Associate Professor, Sociology
426 Eggers Hall
Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion
Research Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2008
Social demography, social determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality, inequality and social stratification
Shannon Monnat is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. Dr. Monnat received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the State University of New York at
Albany in 2008. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, she was a
faculty member for five years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for four
years at Penn State University. As a scholar of social inequality and social
demography, Dr. Monnat's research examines the correlates and consequences of
social disadvantage, particularly at the intersections of place, public policy,
A common theme binding much of her
work is a concern for rural people and places. Her current research focuses on
spatial differences in opioid misuse and mortality and other diseases and
deaths of despair. Full Biography
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Spatial Differences in Morbidity and Mortality
Inequality and Social Stratification
Research Grants and Awards
“Understanding Opioid Risks in Rural and Micropolitan
Communities: Economic Restructuring, Social Disorganization, and Local
Responses,” USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture Food
and Research Initiative (AFRI), 2018-2022.
“Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug
Distribution Networks: An Application to Opiate Flows in Pennsylvania,”
National Institute of Justice, 2018-2019.
“Despair, Death, and Democracy:
Understanding Associations between Place-Level Economic Conditions, Population
Health, and U.S. Election Outcomes," The Institute for New Economic Thinking, 2017-2018.
“Understanding the Geography of Stress-Related Mortality in the U.S., with a Focus on Opiate Addiction and Drug Overdose Mortality,” USDA Economic Research Service, 2016-2017.
“Neighborhood Effects on Health,” PA Tobacco Settlement Fund, 2016-2017.