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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 211
Office Hours: TTH 10:00am – 11:30pm and by appointment
Phone: 714-997-6618
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
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 (Ph.D. 2015, SUNY- Buffalo; Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017, Rice University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. In her research, she seeks to advance scholarship in health inequalities, social stratification, and population studies. She is specifically concerned with investigating whether multifaceted determinants of risk persist after considering the sociodemographic characteristics of individuals and the neighborhoods in which they live, and whether the risks posed by social and environmental conditions are modified by population characteristics. She is also interested in the causes and consequences of neighborhood population characteristics on health risks and disparities. To date, her work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Population & Environment, Maternal & Child Health, Pediatrics, the Journal of School Health, Population Research & Policy Review, Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, and Contexts.

Recent Publications:

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, Denney, JT, and RT. Kimbro. 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, Denney, JT, and RT. Kimbro. 2018. “Child obesity and the interaction of family and neighborhood socioeconomic context.” Population Research & Policy Review [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9504-2]

Kranjac AW, RT. Kimbro, Denney, JT, et al. 2017. “Comprehensive neighborhood portraits of child asthma disparities.” Maternal and Child Health 136(21): 1–11. [DOI 10.1007/s10995-017-2286-z]

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

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Kranjac AW, Denney, JT, and RT. Kimbro. Child obesity and the interaction of family and neighborhood socioeconomic context. Population Research & Policy Review 2019; 38(3): 347-369. [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-018-9504-2]
Kranjac AW, Wagmiller RL. Decomposing trends in child obesity. Population Research & Policy Review; 2019; [DOI: 10.1007/s11113-019-09544-z]