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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: By appointment and via Zoom
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, Robert L. Wagmiller. 2022. “Attitudinal Change, Cohort Replacement, and the Liberalization of Attitudes about Same-Sex Relationships, 1973-2018.” Sociological Perspectives65(2): 262-277. [DOI: 10.1177/0731121421994858]

Kranjac AW, Dinko Kranjac, and Olivia Lounsbury. 2022. Decomposing sex differences in C-reactive protein over time. American Journal of Human Biology34(5): E23705. [DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.23705]

Kranjac AW, Dinko Kranjac. 2021. “County-level factors that influenced the trajectory of Covid-19 incidence in the New York City Area.” Health Security19(S1): 1-7 [DOI: 10.1089/hs.2020.0236]

KranjacAW, Catherine Boyd, Rachel T. Kimbro, Brady S. Moffett, and Keila N. Lopez. 2021. “Neighborhoods matter; but for whom? Heterogeneity of neighborhood disadvantage on child obesity by sex.” Health and Place68:102534. [DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102534]

Kranjac, AW, Dinko Kranjac, Michelle A. Fortier, Pat Patton, Brad Giafaglione, and Zeev Kain. 2021. “Surgical patients’ hospital experience scores: neighborhood context conceptual framework.” Annals of Surgery Open 2(1): e037-040 [DOI: 10.1097/AS9.0000000000000037]

Kranjac, AW & Dinko Kranjac. 2021. “Childhood obesity moderates the effect of poverty on academic achievement.” Psychology in the Schools58(7): 1266-1283 [DOI: 10.1002/PITS.22497]

Kranjac, AW & Dinko Kranjac. 2020. “Decomposing differences in Covid-19-related case-fatality rates across seventeen nations.”Pathogens and Global Health115(2): 100-107. [DOI: 10.1080/20477724.2020.1868824]

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 Review38(3): 347-369. [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9504-2]

Kranjac AW, Robert L. Wagmiller. 2019. “Decomposing trends in child obesity.” Population Research & Policy Review39: 375-388. [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-019-09544-z]

Kranjac AW. 2018. “School-level normative body mass index environment shapes children’s weight trajectories.” Journal of School Health88: 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 & Environment40(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 Health21(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 Practice11: 63–71. [DOI: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.03.002]