Faculty Experts

Jennifer Karas Montez

Professor of Sociology and the Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies

Jennifer Karas Montez is a Professor of Sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies at Syracuse University. Montez is also the Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab  and is a Faculty Associate for the Aging Studies Institute.

Montez’s research examines the large and growing inequalities in adult mortality across education levels and geographic areas within the United States. She is particularly interested in why the growing inequalities have been most troublesome among women. Her current work on this topic blends perspectives from social demography and feminist geography to investigate the role of U.S. states in shaping women’s and men’s mortality in unique ways. In another line of research she examines whether and why experiences in childhood, such as poverty and abuse, have enduring consequences for health during later life.

She received her PhD in Sociology with a Demography specialization at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Afterwards Montez spent two years at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, and then two years at Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.