Shannon Monnat

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

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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.


Sociology, PhD, State University of New York at Albany

Award Date: May 31 2008

Sociology, BA, State University of New York College at Oswego

Award Date: Dec 31 2000

Research Interests

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


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