Kelly Austin

Kelly Austin
Professor of Sociology,​ Department of Sociology and Anthropology
31 Williams Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015


Ph.D. in Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2012
Political Economy, Global Health, the Environment, Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods
Recent Publications:
  • Burndt, Virginia and Kelly F. Austin. “Drought and Disproportionate Disease: An Investigation of the Percentage of HIV Cases among Women in Less-Developed Nations.” Forthcoming at Population & Environment.

  • Austin, Kelly F., Mark D. Noble, and Virginia Burndt. 2021. “Drying Climates, Food Insecurity and Unequal Vulnerabilities to HIV: A Cross-National Analysis of Women’s HIV in Less-Developed Nations.” Social Indicators Research 154(1): 313-334.

  • Austin, Kelly F. 2021. “Degradation and Disease: Ecologically Unequal Exchanges Cultivate Emerging Pandemics.” World Development 137(1): 105163.

  • Austin, Kelly F. and Laura A. McKinney. 2021. “Gendered Inequalities in HIV/AIDS: Investigating Linkages between Degradation, Disenfranchisement, Unemployment and Disease.” International Journal of Social Research 5:52.

  • Austin, Kelly F. 2020. “Opposing Observations and the Political-Economy of Malaria Vulnerability: A Community-Based Study in Bududa, Uganda.” Journal of World-Systems Research 26(1): 9-39.

  • Austin, Kelly F., Laura A. McKinney, and Mark D. Noble. 2020. “Climate Disasters Contaminate Women: Investigating Cross-National Linkages between Disasters, Hunger, and Women’s HIV in Less-Developed Nations.” Global Health Governance 10(1): 86-102.

  • Austin, Kelly F. and Maria Theresa Mejia. 2019. “The Political-Economy of Landslides and International Aid Relief: A Qualitative Investigation in Rural Uganda.” Journal of Political Ecology 26(1): 720-737.

  • Austin, Kelly F. 2019. “Felling Trees, Furthering Malaria: Links Between Deforestation and Disease in Developing Nations.” Journal of Population and Sustainability 3(2): 13-32.

  • Austin, Kelly F. and Christel Banashek 2018. “Gender Inequality and Environmental Well-Being: A Cross-National Investigation of Ecosystem Vitality and Environmental Health.” Sustainability in the Environment 3(3): 256-276.

  • Austin, Kelly F. 2018. “The Potentials and Obstacles of Cross-National Research: Examining Unemployment and Young Women’s HIV in Less-Developed Nations.” Sage Research Methods Cases. DOI:

  • Austin, Kelly F. and Maria Theresa Mejia. 2017. “Indoor Air Pollution as a Silent Killer: Women's Status and Solid Fuel Use in Developing Nations.” Population and Environment 39(1): 1-25. 

  • Austin, Kelly F. 2017. "Brewing Uneuqal Exchanges in Coffee: A Qualitative Investigation into the Consequences of the Java Trade in Rural Uganda." Journal of World-Systems Research 23(2): 326-352.  

  • Austin, Kelly F., Mark D. Noble, Kellyn McCarthy. 2017. “Conditionality Contaminates Conservation: Structural Adjustment and Land Protection in Less-Developed Nations.” International Journal of Social Science Studies 5(5): 46-58.

  • Austin, Kelly F., Michelle Choi, and Virginia Handley. 2017. “Trading Sex for Security: Unemployment and the Unequal HIV Burden among Young Women in Developing Nations.” International Sociology 32(3): 343-368.

  • Austin, Kelly F., Priyokti Rana, and Megan Bellinger. 2017. “Deforestation Breeds Malaria: Environmental Change and Infectious Disease in Poor Nations.” AIMS Environmental Science, a special issue on The Environmental Determinants of Infectious Diseases 4(2): 217-231.

  • 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. 2016. "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. 2016. "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. 2016. "Rural Disadvanage and Malaria Prevalence in Less-Developed Nations: A Cross-National Investigation of a Forgotten Disease." Rural Sociology 81(1): 99-134