Jennifer Karas Montez

Professor of Sociology and Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, Syracuse University

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Montez's research focuses on the troubling trends in population health in the United States since the 1980s and the growing influence of state policies and politics on those trends. A major focus of this work has been understanding why the trends are particularly worrisome for women, for people without a college degree, and for those living in states in the South and Midwest. Montez serves on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America and Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science.

In the News

"What Does Your College Major Say About Your Future Health?," Jennifer Karas Montez, Interview with Marcus Charleston, KJZZ, June 7, 2018.
Jennifer Karas Montez quoted by Tom Jacobs, "Your College Major Predicts Midlife Health" Pacific Standard, January 11, 2018.
Jennifer Karas Montez's research on the decline in U.S. life expectancy discussed by "U.S. Life Expectancy Falls, as Many Kinds of Death Increase," U.S. News & World Report, December 8, 2016.
Jennifer Karas Montez's research on how U.S. states are more consequential for women’s than men’s mortality discussed by "New Clues in the Mystery of Women’s Lagging Life Expectancy," New York Times, August 22, 2016.
"What’s Killing White American Women?," Jennifer Karas Montez, BBC World Service, May 10, 2016.
Guest to discuss life expectancy on National Public Radio (WCPN Affiliate), Jennifer Karas Montez, June 9, 2014.
Jennifer Karas Montez's research on why mortality increased for low-educated U.S. women discussed by "Joblessness Shortens Life Span of Least Educated White Women, Research Says," New York Times, May 30, 2013.
"72 is the New 30," Jennifer Karas Montez, The Situation Room, CNN, February 26, 2013.
Jennifer Karas Montez quoted on why life expectancy is declining for U.S. whites, "Life Span Shrinks for Least Educated Whites in the U.S." New York Times, September 20, 2012.