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Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat

Professor, Sociology Department

Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.2692 | smmonnat@syr.edu

Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and director of the Center for Policy Research. She is also a professor of sociology and co-director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at Syracuse University. 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.

Margaret M. Austin

Margaret M. Austin

Associate Director, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.9070 | mmaustin@syr.edu

Peg directs the day to day operations of the center. She is responsible for meeting faculty research needs, non-faculty personnel, graduate assistant setup and physical space for the Center. Peg manages the financial and staff support aspects of externally funded research projects.

Katrina Fiacchi

Katrina Fiacchi

Assistant Director, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.9040 | kfiacchi@syr.edu

Katrina provides administrative support to the director of CPR, Len Lopoo; professors Badi Baltagi, Len Lopoo, Yingyi Ma, Jerry Miner, Michah Rothbart, Amy Schwartz; and the Maxwell X Lab. She also works with Associate Director Peg Austin to provide administrative support for all Center faculty and student grant submissions. Her general duties include conference and event planning, travel coordination, website updates and day to day assistance. Katrina also acts as the Center's editor for faculty and student publications. She is the assistant to the editor of the Journal of Urban Economics, Stuart Rosenthal.

Emily Minnoe

Emily Minnoe

Office Coordinator, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.3114 | erminnoe@syr.edu

Emily serves as front desk coordinator. She provides administrative support for professors Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Bill Horrace, Yilin Hou, Hugo Jales, Yoonseok Lee, Shannon Monnat, Stuart Rosenthal, Alex Rothenberg, Becky Schewe, Saba Siddiki, Johnny Yinger and Maria Zhu. These duties include correspondence, scheduling of meetings and appointments, travel arrangements and manuscript preparation. Emily is the social media correspondent for the Center and maintains our Facebook and Twitter pages. She also coordinates other special events and projects.

Candi Patterson

Candi Patterson

Computer Systems Specialist, Center for Policy Research

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.9443 | cpaterso@syr.edu

Candi provides end user computer support and maintenance, covering both hardware and software applications for CPR faculty, staff and research associates. She investigates, recommends and coordinates all equipment and software purchases/upgrades for CPR and serves as the CPR webmaster, overseeing the design and maintenance of the Center's website. Candi is also the liaison for Maxwell ICT research computing.

Stephanie Potts

Stephanie Potts

Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


315.443.9046 | spotts@syr.edu

Stephanie Potts is a Research Associate working with Amy Ellen Schwartz in the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School. She is specifically interested in how technology and transportation decisions impact education outcomes. Stephanie received her M.P.A from Syracuse University.

Center for Policy Research
426 Eggers Hall