Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology


Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Lerner Center Director. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at SU. Dr. Monnat is a rural sociologist, demographer, and population health scholar who conducts research on demographic and geographic trends and differences in heath and mortality, with a specific interest in rural health and health disparities. Her most recent research has focused on drug use and overdose, particularly trying to understand the factors that explain demographic and geographic differences in use and overdose rates. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, book chapters, research briefs, and reports, and has presented her research to numerous public, academic, and policy audiences, including the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, and at Congressional briefings. Her research has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic. Monnat teaches graduate courses in Demographic Processes and Health and Place and an undergraduate Introduction to Sociology course.

Selected Publications

Rhubart, Danielle C., Shannon M. Monnat, Leif Jensen, and Claire Pendergrast. 2021. “The Unique Impacts of U.S. Social and Health Policies on Rural Population Health and Aging.” Public Policy and Aging Report 31(1):24-29.

Monnat, Shannon M. 2020. “Trends in U.S. Working-Age Non-Hispanic White Mortality: Rural-Urban and Within-Rural Differences.” Population Research and Policy Review 39(5):805-834.

Monnat, Shannon M., David J. Peters, Mark Berg, and Andrew Hochstetler. 2019. “Using Census Data to Understand County-Level Differences in Overall Drug Mortality and Opioid-Related Mortality by Opioid Type.” American Journal of Public Health 109:1084-1091.

Monnat, Shannon M. 2019. “The Contributions of Socioeconomic and Opioid Supply Factors to U.S. Drug Mortality Rates: Urban-Rural and Within-Rural Differences.” Journal of Rural Studies 68:319-335.

Monnat, Shannon M. 2018. “Factors Associated with County-Level Differences in U.S. Drug-Related Mortality Rates.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 54(5):611-619.

Shannon Monnat's CV

Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. “Demographic, Geographic, and Temporal Trends in Mortality from Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide among Working-Age Adults.” Center for Aging and Policy Studies pilot grant funded through National Institute on Aging. 2020-2022. 

Principal Investigator. “Implementing and Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Plan of Safe Care.” Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. 2020-2021.

Subcontract Principal Investigator. “The New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project.” National Institute of Justice. 2019-2022.

Co-Principal Investigator. "Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging." National Institute on Aging. 2019-2024.

Co-Investigator. "Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America." National Institute on Aging. 2019-2024.

Co-Investigator. "Building Drug Intelligence Networks to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: A Collaborative Intelligence-led Policing Strategy." National Institute of Justice. 2019-2020.

Co-Investigator. “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.