Danielle C. Rhubart

Contact Information

Danielle C. Rhubart


  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Rhubart earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in 2016. She has areas of expertise in environmental sociology and medical sociology. Her research has examined the social- and community-level impacts of natural resource development as well as the impact of federal and state policies on determinants of population health outcomes.

Her work has been published in Population Research and Policy Review, Environmental Practice, and the Maternal and Child Health Journal. She has published public reports with the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Carsey School of Public Policy.

Dr. Rhubart has served as an independent contractor producing research products for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and has interned with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. She was a fellow in the Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program (Class XVI), the former president of the Penn State Graduate and Professional Student Association, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2010. 

Courses Taught

  • SOC 409: Senior Project (co-taught)
  • SOC 339: Social Inequality
  • SOC 308: Data Analysis
  • SOC 101: Principles of Sociology
  • RSOC 101: Introduction to Rural Sociology


  • Ph.D., Dual Degree in Rural Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • M.S, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University, 2010

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Book Chapters:

Rhubart, Danielle, Engle, E. 2017. Book Chapter: "The Environment and Health". In Rural Poverty in United States. Eds. Ann Tickamyer, Jennifer Sherman, and Jennifer Warlick. Columbia University Press.

Rhubart, Danielle. 2016. "Identifying Associations between State Medicaid Expansion Decisions and Spatial Disparities in County Insurance Rate Changes under the ACA". Population Research and Policy Review, 36(1): 109-135.

Fowler, Chris, Rhubart, D., Jensen, L. 2016. "Reassessing and revising Commuting Zones for 2010: History, assessment and updates for U.S. ‘labor-sheds’ 1990-2010". Population Research and Policy Review, 35(2): 263-286.

Monnat, Shannon, Rhubart, D., Wallington, S. 2016. "Differences in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Adolescent Girls in Metropolitan Versus Non-metropolitan Areas: Considering the Moderating Roles of Maternal Socioeconomic Status and Health Care Access". Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(2): 315-325.

Brasier, Kathryn, Davis, L., Glenna., L., Kelsey, T., McLaughlin, D., Schafft, K., Babbie, K., Biddle, C., Delessio-Parson, A., Rhubart, D., Suchyta, M. 2015. Book Chapter: "Communities Experiencing Shale Gas Development". In Economics of Unconventional Shale Development. Eds. Hefley, W. & Wang, Y. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Kinchy, A., Perry, S., Rhubart, D., Stedman, R., Brasier, K., and Jacquet, J. 2014. Book Chapter: "New Natural Gas Development and Rural Communities in the United States". In Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Eds. Bailey, C., Jensen, L., Ransom, E. West Virginia University Press.’

Brasier, Kathryn, McLaughlin, D., Rhubart, D., Stedman, R., Filteau, M., Jacquet, J. 2013. "Risk Perceptions of Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale". Environmental Practice, 15: 108-122.

Selected Research Reports:

Brasier, K., Rhubart, D. 2017. Changes in Crime Related to Marcellus Shale Development. The Marcellus Shale Impacts Study Wave 2: Chronicling Social and Economic Change in Northern and Southwestern Pennsylvania The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Rhubart, D. 2016. Research Brief: The Impact of State Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage at the County Level. The Carsey School of Public Policy.

McLaughlin, D., Rhubart, D., DeLessio-Parson, A., Brasier, K., Babbie, K., Leach, M. 2014. The Marcellus Impacts Project Report #1: Population Change and Marcellus Shale Development. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.