Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology

Shannon Monnat

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426 Eggers Hall
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Curriculum Vitae
Monnat, Shannon

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

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Summer 2018

Not Teaching


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, and health. 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


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Social Demography
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Spatial Differences in Morbidity and Mortality
Inequality and Social Stratification  

Research Grants and Awards

Population Health Mini-Conference and Seminar Series,” Principal Investigator with Co-Principal Investigators Dessa Bergen-Cico, Travisi R. Hobart, Janet Wilmoth, Rebecca Bostwick, and Mary Collins. Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 5/1/18 - 4/30/20.

“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.