Jennifer Karas Montez

Professor, Sociology

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Contact Information

314H Lyman Hall
(315) 443-9064
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 11-12
Curriculum Vitae
Jennifer Karas Montez CV

Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab
Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute
Aging Studies Institute


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011


Social demography, social determinants of health, women's health, spatial patterns and trends in mortality

Personal Website


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 714: Intermediate Social Statistics
SOC 800: Human Conquest of Disease & Early Death

SOC 813: Advanced Social Statistics




Jennifer Karas Montez received her PhD in Sociology with a Demography specialization at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Afterwards she spent two years at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, and then two years at Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. 

Her research examines the large and growing inequalities in adult mortality across education levels and geographic areas within the United States. She is particularly interested in why the growing inequalities have been most troublesome among women. Her current work on this topic blends perspectives from social demography and feminist geography to investigate the role of U.S. states in shaping women’s and men’s mortality in unique ways. In another line of research she examines whether and why experiences in childhood, such as poverty and abuse, have enduring consequences for health during later life.

Jennifer is Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab (P3H lab).


A sample of publications (see CV for complete list):

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, Mark D. Hayward, Steven H. Woolf, Derek Chapman, & Jason Beckfield. 2019. “Educational Disparities in Adult Mortality across U.S. States: How Do They Differ and Have They Changed Since the Mid-1980s?” In press at Demography.

Jennifer Karas Montez. 2017. “Deregulation, Devolution, and State Preemption Laws’ Impact on U.S. Mortality Trends.” American Journal of Public Health 107(11):1749-1750.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. 2017. “Disparities in Disability by Educational Attainment across U.S. States.” American Journal of Public Health 107(7):1101-1108. PMCID: PMC5463211

Jennifer Karas Montez, Mark D. Hayward, and Douglas A. Wolf. 2017. “Do U.S. States’ Socioeconomic and Policy Contexts Shape Adult Disability?” Social Science & Medicine 178:115-126. PMCID: PMC5388855

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. 2016. “Explaining Inequalities in Women’s Mortality between U.S. States.”  SSM - Population Health 2:561-571. PMCID: PMC5049881. 

Jennifer Karas Montez, Pekka Martikainen, Hanna Remes, and Mauricio Avendano. 2015. “Work-Family Context and the Longevity Disadvantage of U.S. Women.” Social Forces 93(4):1567-1597. PMCID: PMC5070483

Jennifer Karas Montez and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Cumulative Childhood Adversity, Educational Attainment, and Active Life Expectancy among U.S. Adults.” Demography 51(2):413-435. PMCID: PMC4465758


Research Projects

Policy Place and Population Health Lab (P3H lab)

Recent Invited Lectures


“Deregulation, Devolution, and Death in the American States.” Presented at the Social Demography Seminar Series at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Duke University Population Research Institute.


“Hypothesizing Upward: Have U.S. State Policies Contributed to the Widening Inequalities in Life Expectancy?” Presented at the Department of Sociology Colloquium Series, University at Buffalo.

“The Role of SES in Shaping Disparities in Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife.” Invited by the Committee on Population of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to present at an expert meeting on “Socioeconomic Status and Increasing Mid-Life Mortality” in Washington DC.

“U.S. States and the Health of Women.” Presented at the 2017 Presidential Symposium on Society & Health, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the 2nd annual NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium: Putting Science to Work for the Health of Women, Bethesda, MD.