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Department of Sociology

Denney-2Justin T. Denney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Urban Health Program, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Department of Sociology, MS-28
Rice University
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Office: SH 376
Telephone: 713-348-5749
Fax: 713-348-5296

Email: jtdenney@rice.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  Denney_01/2014         

Areas of Interest

  • Health Disparities and Health Lifestyles
  • Mortality
  • Contextual Effects


Justin Denney (Ph.D., 2010, University of Colorado) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Associate Director of the Kinder Institute Urban Health Program at Rice University. As a health researcher with sociological and demographic training, Justin is principally interested in identifying individual and structural conditions that jointly contribute to health and mortality inequalities. Justin’s work and collaborations within and across disciplines have led to published articles in leading scholarly journals, including the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, Social Science & Medicine, and Demography. With a focus on various health and mortality outcomes, Justin’s current projects examine how characteristics of the places children and adults live, work, and play  impact their individual prospects; how family formations and resources matter for individual well-being; and how intimate relationships, socioeconomic status, gender, and race / ethnicity, contribute to sexual minority health disparities.  

Recent Publications

Denney, Justin T. “Families, Resources, and Suicide: Combined Effects on Mortality.” Journal of Marriage and Family forthcoming.  

Denney, Justin T. and Monica He. "The Social Side of Accidental Death." Social Science Research forthcoming.

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert and Justin T. Denney. “Neighborhood Context and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Young Children’s Obesity: Structural Barriers to Interventions.” Social Science & Medicine forthcoming. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.09.032   

Denney, Justin T., Bridget K. Gorman, and Cristina B. Barrera. 2013. “Families, Resources, and Adult Health: Where Do Sexual Minorities Fit?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54:46-63. doi: 10.1177/0022146512469629   

Denney, Justin T., Robert McNown, Richard G. Rogers, and Steven Doubilet. 2013. “Stagnating Life Expectancies and Future Prospects in an Age of Uncertainty.” Social Science Quarterly 94(2):445-461.DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00930.x   

Pampel, Fred C., Justin T. Denney, and Patrick M. Krueger. 2012. “Obesity, SES, and Economic Development: A Test of the Reversal Hypothesis.” Social Science & Medicine 74(7):1073-1081.   

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Justin T. Denney, and Sarita Panchang. 2012. “Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Characteristics and Children’s Food Insecurity.” Journal of Applied Research on Children 3(1):Article 8.   

Pampel, Fred C. and Justin T. Denney. 2011. “Cross-National Sources of Health Inequality: Education and Tobacco Use in the World Health Survey.” Demography 48(2):653-674.   

Denney, Justin T., Richard G. Rogers, Robert A. Hummer, and Fred C. Pampel. 2010. “Education Inequality in Mortality: The Age and Gender Specific Mediating Effects of Cigarette Smoking.” Social Science Research 39(4):662-673.   

Pampel, Fred C., Patrick M. Krueger, and Justin T. Denney. 2010. “Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Behaviors.” Annual Review of Sociology 36:349-370.   

Denney, Justin T. 2010. “Family and Household Formations and Suicide in the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72(1):202-213. 

Denney, Justin T., Richard G. Rogers, Patrick M. Krueger, and Tim Wadsworth. 2009. “Adult Suicide Mortality in the United States: Marital Status, Family Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Differences by Sex.” Social Science Quarterly 90(5):1167-1185.