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Shawn F. Dorius

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Dorius conducts research in social demography, social epidemiology, community well-being, and computational social science methods. These days, many of his research interests intersect on substance use, with special attention to its social context, effects on individuals, families, and communities, and computational surveillance. Dr Dorius also maintains an active research collaboration focused on comparative attitudes toward China. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He teaches courses in demography, international development, research methods, and community sociology. Prior to arriving at Iowa State University, Dr. Dorius was a postdoctoral scholar at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and a research associate at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research.

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510 Farm House Ln.
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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, 2010-13
  • PhD, Sociology & Demography, Pennylvania State University, 2010
  • MS, Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2005
  • BS, Sociology, Brigham Young University, 1998