Director of Urban Health Program
Denney is an associate professor of sociology at Rice University. A health
researcher with sociological and demographic training, he is also the director
of the Kinder Institute's Urban Health Program.
focuses on understanding how families and the
places that individuals spend time in shape health and mortality disparities.
Denney’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.
Denney earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2010. He has been published in a variety of journals, including the Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior and the Journal of Marriage and Family. View full CV.