Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography
Pennsylvania State University
Shannon M. Monnat, PhD. is an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology at Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Shannon was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During graduate school, she also worked as a Research Scientist at the New York State Office of Mental Health. Shannon’s research is mostly demographic in nature, utilizing large nationally representative data sets to examine issues related to population health disparities and inequalities in other types of well-being.
This project uses nationally representative longitudinal data on Hispanic adults to identify the factors that influence disparities in health care access and utilization among Hispanics living in different spatial contexts (e.g., new vs. established destinations, metropolitan vs. non-metropolitan areas, and restrictive vs. non-restrictive policy contexts), with a particular focus on the moderating role of immigrant status and on the role of human capital characteristics and contextual characteristics in mediating those differences.
My New Connections Experience
The funding provided by the New Connections grant is obviously a tremendous facilitator of my research. Beyond the grant money, however, New Connections provides unique opportunities that are not readily available through most institutions or organizations. The New Connections network enables grantees and other network members to engage with diverse scholars with whom they can collaborate on research, discuss challenges related to academia, and build overall supportive relationships. New Connections also provides opportunities for advanced methodological training and mentorship. All of these opportunities enable grantees and network members to further develop their careers as independent health disparities researchers, with the ultimate goal of reducing inequalities in health and other types of well-being.
New Connections has enabled me to make an investment in my professional development through training, networking, and mentorship. I am deeply committed to an interdisciplinary research agenda in health disparities research, and New Connections has facilitated collaborations with health disparities scholars with whom I have formed important supportive relationships and coauthored research manuscripts. The New Connections Junior Investigator grant has also provided me with the resources necessary to conduct the sophisticated data analysis necessary to answer important research questions related to spatial inequalities in health care access and utilization.
Shannon’s research focuses on the demography of children, youth, and families living in rural and urban areas of the U.S. with a particular focus on social and spatial inequalities and social determinants of well-being. She is interested in how the characteristics of our neighborhoods, families, and schools create barriers to or provide opportunities for well-being. As a scholar of social inequality, Shannon’s research applies a multilevel and multidimensional approach to understand the correlates and consequences of social disadvantage – particularly at the intersections of race/ethnicity, spatial inequality, and health.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2014
- Project Name: The Impact of Human Capital and Contextual Characteristics on Health Care Access and Utilization Disparities among Hispanics in Different Geographic Locations