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Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat

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426 Eggers Hall

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By Appointment

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Zia Jackson


Shannon Monnat

Professor, Sociology Department

Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health

Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Co-Director, Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab

Research Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies


Fall 2023

SOC 667.001 Population Processes, Wednesday 12:45-3:30, Maxwell Hall 303

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2008


Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, director of the Center for Policy Research, and professor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Monnat is a rural demographer and population health scholar whose research examines trends and geographic differences in health and mortality, with a special interest in rural health and health disparities. She is a leading national expert on structural and spatial determinants of drug overdose and other deaths of despair. Her most recent research has focused on geographic differences in COVID-19 experiences and impacts.

She has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and she regularly writes policy briefs for non-academic audiences. Monnat has been the PI or co-investigator on externally funded projects totaling over $12 million, including from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Institute for New Economic Thinking.

She currently leads a NIDA-funded project to examine the effects of state’s COVID-19 mitigation policies on working-age adult psychological well-being, drug overdose, and suicide and co-leads an NIA-funded project on how state policies and county economic conditions have jointly contributed to the large and growing geographic disparities in midlife mortality, psychosocial wellbeing, and health behaviors in the U.S.

Monnat teaches courses in demographic processes and health and place.

Areas of Expertise

Rural demography, social and structural determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Multiple Principal Investigator. “Geographic Trends and Disparities in Psychosocial Wellbeing, Health Behaviors, and Mortality in Midlife.” National Institute on Aging (R01 AG082699). 2023-2028.

Consultant. “The Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Mortality Disparities and Poverty.” National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U01 MD017700). 2022-2027. 

Principal Investigator. “State’s COVID-19 Mitigation Policies and Psychological Health, Drug Overdose, and Suicide among U.S. Adults.” National Institute on Drug Abuse (U01 DA055972). 2021-2025.

Co-Principal Investigator. "Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging." National Institute on Aging (R24 AG065159). 2019-2024. 

Co-Investigator. "Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America." National Institute on Aging (2R24 AG045061). 2019-2024.


Selected Papers

“Geographic Variation, Economic Activity, and Labor Market Characteristics in Trajectories of Suicide in the United States, 2008 to 2020.” Forthcoming. Keyes, Katherine M., Sasikiran Kandula, Gonzalo Martinez-Ales, Catherine Gimbrone, Victoria Joseph, Shannon Monnat, Caroline Rutherford, Mark Olfson, Madelyn S. Gould, and Jeffrey Shaman. American Journal of Epidemiology.  

Age Differences in Allostatic Load among Adults in the United States by Rural-Urban Residence.” 2023. Santos-Lozada, Alexis R., Jeffrey T. Howard, Shannon M. Monnat, Martin J. Sliwinski, and Leif Jensen. SSM-Population Health, 23:101442. 

Editorial: Geographic Inequalities in Health and Mortality: Factors Contributing to Trends and Differentials.”  2023. Monnat, Shannon M. and Irma T. Elo. Frontiers in Public Health, 11. 

 “Demographic and Geographic Variation in Fatal Drug Overdose Rates in the United States, 1999-2020.” 2023. Monnat, Shannon M. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 703(1):50-78.

Prescription Opioid Resiliency and Vulnerability: A Mixed-Methods Comparative Case Study.” 2022. Hochstetler, Andrew, David J. Peters, and Shannon M. Monnat. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 47:651-671.

Enhancing the Utility of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to Identify Drivers of Rising Mortality Rates in the United States.” 2022. Monnat, Shannon M. and Irma T. Elo. Forum for Health Economics & Policy, 25(1-2):57-84.

Perceived Impacts of COVID-19 on Wellbeing among U.S. Working-Age Adults with ADL Difficulty.” 2022. Pendergrast, Claire and Shannon M. Monnat. Disability and Health Journal, 15(4). 

U.S. State Policy Contexts and Mortality of Working-Age Adults.” 2022. Montez, Jennifer Karas., Nader Mehri, Shannon M. Monnat, Jason Beckfield, Derek Chapman, Jacob Grumbach, Mark D. Hayward, Steven H. Woolf, and Anna Zajacova. PLOS ONE, 17(10):e0275466.

U.S. State Preemption Laws and Working-Age Mortality.” 2022. Wolf, Douglas A., Jennifer Karas Montez, and Shannon M. Monnat. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 63(5):681-688.

Rural-Urban and Within-Rural Differences in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates.” 2022. Sun, Yue and Shannon M. Monnat. The Journal of Rural Health, 38(4): 916-922.

Rural-Urban and Within-Rural Differences in COVID-19 Mortality Rates.” 2022. Sun, Yue, Kent Jason G. Cheng, and Shannon M. Monnat. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 37(2): Article 3. 

Socio-Spatial Disparities in ‘Third Place’ Availability.” 2022. Rhubart, Danielle C., Yue Sun, Claire Pendergrast, and Shannon M. Monnat. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 8(1-11). 

Rural Population Health and Aging: Introduction to the Special Issue.” 2022. Green, John J., Shannon M. Monnat, Leif Jensen, Lori Hunter, and Martin Sliwinski. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 37(1).

Support from Adult Children and Parental Health in Rural America.” 2022. Clark, Shelley, Elizabeth M. Lawrence, and Shannon M. Monnat. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 37(1). 

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Clusters of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Associations with Adolescent Mental Health.” 2022. Zhang, Xiaoyan and Shannon M. Monnat. SSM – Population Health, 17. 

 “Self-Rated Physical Health among Working-Aged Adults Along the Rural-Urban Continuum - United States, 2021.” 2022. Rhubart, Danielle and Shannon M. Monnat. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 71(5). 

Rural-Urban Variation in COVID-19 Experiences and Impacts among U.S. Working-Age Adults.” 2021. Monnat, Shannon M. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 698(1):111-136.

Opioid Misuse and Family Structure: Changes and Continuities in the Role of Marriage and Children over Two Decades.”  2021. Chapman, Alexander, Ashton M. Verdery, and Shannon M. Monnat. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 222(1):108668.

Effects of U.S. State Preemption on Infant Mortality Rates.” 2021. Wolf, Douglas, Shannon M. Monnat, and Jennifer Karas Montez. Preventive Medicine, 145: 106417.

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