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Associate Professor of Sociology, Lehigh University

Associate Professor of Sociology,​ Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Director of Health, Medicine and Society Program, Lehigh University.

Globalization & Development, Global Health, the Environment, Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods

Recent Publications:
Austin, Kelly F. and Laura McKinney. 2016. “Disaster Devastation in Poor Countries: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Ecological Losses, Gender Equality, and Development.” Social Forces 95 (1): 355-380
Austin, Kelly F. and Kellyn McCarthy. 2016. “Choking on Structural Adjustment: Dependency and Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries.” World Journal of Social Science Research 3(2): 161-184
Austin, Kelly F., Cristina L. DeScisciolo, and Lene Samuelsen. "The Failures of Privatization: A Cross-National Investigation of Tuberculosis and the Structure of Healthcare in Less-Developed Nations." World Development 78: 450-460
McKinney, Laura and Kelly F. Austin. "Ecological Losses are Harming Women: A Strucutral Analysis of Female HIV Prevalence and Life Expectancy in Less-Developed Countries." Social Problems 62: 529-549
Noble, Mark and Kelly F. Austin. "Rural Disadvanage and Malaria Prevalence in Less-Developed Nations: A Cross-National Investigation of a Forgotten Disease." Rural Sociology 81(1): 99-134
Austin, Kelly F. 2015. “Dependency, Urban Slums, and the Forgotten Plagues: A Cross-National Analysis of Tuberculosis and Malaria in Less-Developed Nations.” Sociological Perspectives 58(2): 286-310
Austin, Kelly F., Mark Noble, and Maria Theresa Mejia. 2014. “Gendered Vulnerabilities to a Neglected Disease: A Comparative Investigation of Women's Legal Economic Rights and Social Status on Malaria Rates.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 55(3): 204-228
Austin, Kelly and Mark Noble. 2014. “Measuring Gender Disparity in the HIV Pandemic: A Cross-National Investigation of Female Health Resources, Income Inequality, and Disease in Less-Developed Nations.” Socioligcal Inquiry 8(1): 102-130
Noble, Mark and Kelly F. Austin. 2014. “Gendered Dimensions of the HIV Pandemic: A Cross-National Investigation of Women’s Non-Governmental Organizations, Contraceptive Use, and HIV Prevalence in Less-Developed Nations.” Sociological Forum 29(1): 215-239
Austin, Kelly F. 2013. “Export Agriculture is Feeding Malaria: A Cross-National Examination of the Environmental and Social Causes of Malaria Prevalence.” Population and Environment 35(2): 133-158
Austin, Kelly F. 2012. “Coffee Exports as Ecological, Social, and Physical Unequal Exchange: A Cross-National Investigation of the Java Trade.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 53(3): 153-173


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Lehigh University