Shannon M. Monnat
Shannon Monnat’s research spans across several subfields within the disciplines of sociology and public health, including demography, racial and ethnic relations, health disparities, social stratification, and mobility and public policy. Broadly speaking, she examines the ways in which residential context exacerbates or moderates the relationship between individual-level disadvantage and access to health, economic, and social resources. Her publications have considered the role of race/ethnicity on welfare outcomes, disparities in family income distributions, rural/urban differences in self-rated health and chronic disease prevalence, and the relationship between maternal health behavior and adolescent HPV vaccination status. Her current research projects reflect the view that social structural inequalities, disparities within the health care system, and individuals’ access to health care have multiple implications for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Her research has been published in The Journal of Adolescent Health, The Sociological Quarterly, Gender & Society, Health & Place, Population Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and more.
Recent Courses Taught
- SOC 404 — Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
- SOC 441 — Social Inequality
- SOC 453 — Gender and Society
- SOC 704 — Research Methods – Advanced Analytical Techniques
- SOC 706 — Seminar in Advanced Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
- SOC 770 — Racial and Ethnic Relations
Current Research Projects
- Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being
This research uses data from multiple sources, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the National Cancer Institute Health Information National Trends Survey, the Current Population Survey, and the American Community Survey to examine the roles of individual and spatial inequalities on health behaviors, health status, and health care utilization in the United States. Current projects explore racial disparities in cancer screening utilization, differences in health care access and use between Hispanics living in established vs. new immigrant destinations, predictors of HPV vaccination uptake and completion among adolescent girls, and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity among older adults.
- The Relationship between Public Policy and Social, Economic, and Health Outcomes
This line of research explores the impact of various policies on disparate social, economic, and health outcomes. Monnat’s previous work in this area has examined associations between race/ethnicity, spatial context and TANF outcomes, the impact of state-level tobacco policies on juvenile smoking behaviors, and the relationship between housing foreclosure, neighborhood satisfaction, and quality of life. Current projects explore the relationship between school physical education policies and children’s physical activity outcomes, and the feasibility and health impact of the use of active workstations (treadmills as desks) in sedentary workplaces.
- Network Analysis of Non-Profit Organizations in Southern Nevada
Monnat was recently funded by The Lincy Institute to conduct a network analysis of non-profit organizations that provide health, educational, and social services in southern Nevada. The purpose of the study is to identify and describe the non-profit network structure, organizational density, centrality, and quality of linkages in an effort to help build collaborative relationships among these organizations. The ultimate goal of the study is to gain information that can help The Lincy Institute improve the capacity of Southern Nevada non-profit organizations to obtain federal and foundational grant funding and effectively serve the residents of our community.