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Dr. Ashley Kranjac

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Neighborhoods; Obesity; Health Outcomes; Child Adolescent Health/Asthma
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 217
Office Hours: Thursday 10:45-12pm and by appointment
Phone: 714-997-6618
Scholarly Works:
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Texas Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Science
The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts
State University of New York At Buffalo, Ph.D.


Ashley Wendell Kranjac is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York, Buffalo. She then completed her postdoctoral training in the Sociology Department and Kinder Institute Urban Health Program at Rice University. In her research, she seeks to advance scholarship in health inequalities, social stratification, and population studies. She investigates whether multifaceted determinants of risk persist after considering the sociodemographic characteristics of individuals and the neighborhoods in which they live. To date, her work has appeared in Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, Population & Environment, Maternal & Child Health, Journal of School Health, Population Research & Policy Review, Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, and Contexts.

Recent Publications:


Kranjac AW, Dinko Kranjac. 2020. “County-level factors influence the trajectory of Covid-19 incidence.” medRxiv Preprint. [DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.05.20092254].

Kranjac AW, Robert L. Wagmiller. 2019. “Decomposing trends in child obesity.” Population Research & Policy Review 39: 375-388. [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-019-09544-z].

Kranjac AW, Justin T. Denney, Rachel T. Kimbro, et al. 2019. “Child obesity and the interaction of family and neighborhood socioeconomic context.” Population Research & Policy Review 38(3): 347-369. [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9504-2].

Kranjac AW. 2018. “School-level normative body mass index environment shapes children’s weight trajectories.” Journal of School Health 88: 917-927. [DOI: 10.1111/josh.12701].

Kranjac AW, Justin T. Denney, Rachel T. Kimbro, et al. 2018. “Neighborhood and social environmental influences on child chronic disease prevalence.” Population & Environment 40(2): 93-114. [DOI: 10.1007/s11111-018-0303-9].

Kranjac AW, Rachel T. Kimbro, Justin T. Denney, et al. 2017. “Comprehensive neighborhood portraits of child asthma disparities.” Maternal and Child Health 21(7): 1552–1562. [DOI: 10.1007/s10995-017-2286-z].

Kranjac AW, Jing Nie, Maurizio Trevisan, and Jo L. Freudenheim. 2017. “Depression and body mass index, differences by education: Evidence from a population-based study of adult women in the U.S. Buffalo-Niagara region.” Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 11: 63–71. [DOI: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.03.002].

Kranjac AW, Robert L. Wagmiller. 2016. “Decomposing trends in adult body mass index, obesity, and morbid obesity, 1971–2012.” Social Science & Medicine 167: 37-44 [DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.026].

Kranjac AW, Robert L. Wagmiller. 2016. “The association between age and obesity over time.” Pediatrics 137(5): 1–12. [DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2096].