Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology

Shannon Monnat

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
Office Hours:
Tu/Th 12:30-2:00 (by appt.)
Please use link below to make an appt.

Staff Support
Katrina Fiacchi
(315) 443-9040
Curriculum Vitae
Monnat, Shannon

Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab, Aging Studies Institute
Aging Studies Institute
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


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


Social demography, social determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality, inequality and social stratification

Personal Website


Fall 2018

SOC 101.005 Introduction to Sociology, Tu/Th 11:00-12:20, Shaffer 121


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. 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. A common theme binding much of her work is a concern for rural people and places. Her current research focuses on social determinants of opioid use disorders and mortality, particularly in rural and small town America.  Full Biography


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Social Demography
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
Spatial Differences in Morbidity and Mortality
Inequality and Social Stratification  

Research Grants and Awards

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, 2018-2019. 

Principal Investigator. “Despair, Death, and Democracy: Understanding Associations between Place-Level Economic Conditions, Population Health, and U.S. Election Outcomes," Funded by The Institute for New Economic Thinking, 2017-2018.

Principal Investigator. “Understanding the Geography of Stress-Related Mortality in the U.S., with a Focus on Opiate Addiction and Drug Overdose Mortality,” with David McGranahan (Co-I) and Timothy Parker (Co-I). Funded by USDA Economic Research Service, 2016-2017. with David McGranahan (Co-I) and Timothy Parker (Co-I).