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Justin Denney
Associate Professor
Director of Urban Health Program
Rice University

Justin 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.  

His work 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.