Christin Munsch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

As a sociologist and masculinities scholar, my work seeks to create new scientific knowledge directly related to health and health behavior. Men are overwhelmingly more likely than women to commit suicide, commit violent crimes, and be the victims of violent crimes. Young men are disproportionately more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents and accidents involving alcohol. And, young men are more likely to take risks that result in brain injury and premature death. In short, masculinity—particularly adolescent and young masculinity—is a public health concern. My current research (described above) seeks to understand the processes and dynamics of this epidemic. I am also interested in pursuing several future research projects involving the effect of masculinity constructions on women’s health. For example, I plan to use recently available data from the World Health Organization (WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women) to examine the effect of variations in cultural ideology and variations in country-wide gender equity policies on violence against women. I suspect that gender identity threat will be more pervasive in cultural contexts that narrowly define masculinity, thus leading to more violence against women. Given that violence against women is a serious health concern, I hope to apply for federal funding from either the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Health, the National Institute of Justice, or a private foundation like the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Doing so will contribute to InCHIP’s mission to stimulate research collaborations and major newly-funded initiatives that create new scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks in health behavior at multiple levels of analysis.


Ph.D., Sociology, Cornell University, May 2012
M.S., Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2004
B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, May 2001

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Sociology
344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1068
Hartford, CT 06269