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  • Kinder Fellow
  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • William Julius Wilson Distinguished Professor
  • Washington State University

Justin Denney is an associate professor of sociology at Washington State University. 

Denney is primarily interested in understanding how families and the places that individuals spend time in shape health and mortality disparities. His current projects are focused on better understanding how the social and physical characteristics of the places children and adults live, work and play impact outcomes such as household food insecurity, child health and adult mortality; how family formations and socioeconomic resources matter independently and in combination with place-based characteristics for overall health; and how intimate relationships, socioeconomic status, gender and race / ethnicity contribute to sexual minority health disparities. His work often involves multi-disciplinary collaborations and has been supported by the Health Disparities Scholar Program at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, the Foundation for Child Development and the Houston Endowment.

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 SociologyJournal of Health and Social Behavior and the Journal of Marriage and FamilyView full CV.