Kelly Austin

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


Ph.D. in Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2012
Global Health, Medical Sociology, Globalization & Development, the Environment, Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods
Recent Publications:
  • 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. 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. "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