Associate Professor, Sociology
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 and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at SU. Dr. Monnat received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany in 2008. Monnat’s research interests broadly fall at the intersection of place, public policy, and health. A common theme binding much of her research is a concern for rural people and places. Her most recent research has focused on fatal drug overdose and other diseases and deaths of despair, particularly trying to understand why rates of substance abuse and mortality are higher in some places than others. 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 Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, 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, 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.
Rigg, Khary K., Shannon M. Monnat, and Melody N. Chavez. 2018. “Opioid-Related Mortality in Rural America: Geographic Heterogeneity and Intervention Strategies.” International Journal of Drug Policy 57:119-129.
Shannon M. Monnat. 2018. “Factors Associated with County-Level Differences in U.S. Drug-Related Mortality Rates.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 54(5):611-619.
Shannon M. Monnat and David L. Brown. 2018. “More than a Rural Revolt: Landscapes of Despair and the 2016 Election.” Journal of Rural Studies 55C:227-236.
Research Grants and Awards
Co-Principal Investigator. "Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging," with Principal Investigator Leif Jensen, along with Martin Sliwinski, Lori Hunter, and John Green. Funded by National Institute of Aging. 2019-2024.
Co-Investigator. "Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America," with Co-PI Jennifer Karas Montez. Funded by National Institute on Aging. 2019-2024.
Principle Investigator. "New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project," with Alexandra Punch. Funded by Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. 2020-2022.
Co-Investigator. "Building Drug Intelligence Networks to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: A Collaborative Intelligence-led Policing Strategy," with Andrew Hochstetler (PI), David Peters, Jeff Bouffard, Kyle Burgason, and Glenn Sterner. Funded by National Institute of Justice. 2019-2020.
Co-Principal Investigator. “Local Initiatives, State Preemption, and Public Health,” with Doug Wolf (Co-PI) and Jennifer Karas Montez (Co-PI). Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2018-2020.
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. 2018-2020.