Associate Professor, Sociology
426 Eggers Hall
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Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab, Aging Studies Institute
Aging Studies Institute
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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 and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. 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 social determinants of opioid use disorders and mortality, particularly in rural and small town America. Full Biography
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Spatial Differences in Morbidity and Mortality
Inequality and Social Stratification
Research Grants and Awards
Principal Investigator. “Population Health Mini-Conference and Seminar Series,” 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. 2018-2020.
Co-Investigator. “Understanding Opioid Risks in Rural and Micropolitan
Communities: Economic Restructuring, Social Disorganization, and Local
Responses,” with David Peters (PI), Andrew Hochstetler (Co-I), Eric Rozier (Co-I), and Mark Berg (Co-I). Funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture Food
and Research Initiative (AFRI). 2018-2022.
Co-Principal Investigator. “Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug
Distribution Networks: An Application to Opiate Flows in Pennsylvania,” with Glenn Sterner (PI) and Ashton Verdery (Co-PI). Funded by National Institute of Justice. 2018-2019.
Principal Investigator. “Despair, Death, and Democracy:
Understanding Associations between Place-Level Economic Conditions, Population
Health, and U.S. Election Outcomes," Funded by The Institute for New Economic Thinking. 2017-2018.
Principal Investigator. “Understanding the Geography of Stress-Related Mortality in the U.S., with a Focus on Opiate Addiction and Drug Overdose Mortality,” with David McGranahan (Co-I) and Timothy Parker (Co-I). Funded by USDA Economic Research Service, with David McGranahan (Co-I) and Timothy Parker (Co-I). 2016-2017.