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Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology


Shannon Monnat is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also the Lerner Chair of 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.

Selected Publications

“More than a Rural Revolt: Landscapes of Despair and the 2016 Election.” Shannon M. Monnat and David L. Brown, Journal of Rural Studies (Forthcoming).

“The New Destination Disadvantage: Disparities in Hispanic Health Insurance Coverage Rates in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan New and Established Destinations.” Shannon M. Monnat, Rural Sociology, Vol. 82, No. 1 (2017), pp. 3-43.

“Associations between Demographic Characteristics and Physical Activity Practices in Nevada Schools.” Shannon M. Monnat, Monica A.F. Lounsbery, Thomas L. McKenzie, and Raeven Faye Chandler, Preventive Medicine, Vol. 95(Supp), S4-S9 (2017).

“Examining Rural/Urban Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among U.S. Adolescents.” Shannon M. Monnat and Khary K. Rigg, Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 32, No. 2 (2016), pp. 204-218.

“The Great Recession and America’s Geography of Unemployment.” Brian C. Thiede and Shannon M. Monnat, Demographic Research, Vol. 30 (2016), pp. 891-928.


Research Grants and Awards

“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.

“Spatially Heterogeneous Effects ofSNAP Participation & Food Insecurity on Hispanic Children’s Physical and Mental Health,”  RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, 2015-2016.

“The Impact of Human Capital and Contextual Characteristics on Health Care Access and Utilization Disparities among Hispanics in Different Geographic Contexts,”  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2014-2016.