Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology

Shannon Monnat

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
Office Hours:
By Appointment

Staff Support
Emily Minnoe
(315) 443-3114

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


Spring 2021

Not Teaching


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 AtlanticFull 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

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.