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Shawn F. Dorius

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
My research practice sits at the intersection of social demography & epidemiology, community wellbeing, and computational social science methods. What links these streams together is an interest in translating data to action in the context of individual and community health and wellbeing, with special attention to the rural context.

My 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. I have taught courses in demography, international development, research methods, community sociology, and social inequality. Prior to arriving at Iowa State University, I 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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103 East Hall
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