Alesha Elizabeth Doan

University of Kansas
School of Public Affairs & Administration; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

1541 Lilac Lane
Blake Hall, 404
Lawrence, Kansas

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Professor Doan’s interdisciplinary research is guided by her broader interests in public policy, organizations and social equity, with a more specialized focus on the development, adoption and implementation of reproductive policies.

“The Role of Intersectional Stereotypes on Evaluations of Political Candidates,” with Don Haider-Markel. Politics & Gender, 2010 6(1): 63-91.
“We Are the Visible Proof”: Legitimizing Abortion Regret Misinformation through Activists’ Experiential Knowledge,” with Carolina Costa Candal and Steven Sylvester. Law & Policy (forthcoming).
Abstract: Since 2010, many of the policies emerging in the states are designed around the idea of “abortion regret;” a scientifically discredited assertion that abortion causes long-term health problems for women. Studies have examined the legal significance of regret claims in case law, and the role scientific misinformation and uncertainty have in the policy process. However, scholars have given less attention to the intersection between abortion regret experiences and misinformation. We address this gap in the literature by examining how antiabortion activists’ experiential knowledge continues to reinforce and legitimize misinformation contained in state policies. We explore the process of substantiating abortion regret misinformation by its attachment to activists’ experiential expertise. Based on twenty-three interviews with antiabortion activists, we argue that misinformation receives validation through the certainty of experiential knowledge, which activists mobilize around and use as a source of evidence in the policy process.
Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education, with Jean C. Williams. Westport, CT: Praeger Publisher, 2008.
“Saying No to Abstinence-Only Education: An Analysis of State Decision-Making,” with Deborah McFarlane. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Fall 2012 42(4): 613-635.
“Giving Girls a Shot: An Examination of Mandatory Vaccination Legislation,” with Kellee Kirkpatrick. Policy Studies Journal, May 2013 41(2): 295-318.
“Not A Woman, But A Soldier: Exploring Identity through Translocational Positionality,” with Shannon Portillo. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 2016.
DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0661-7
“Teaching Morality by Teaching Science: Religiosity and Abortion Regret,” with Shoshanna Ehrlich. In, New Challenges and Conversations in Reproductive Ethics, eds. Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Paul Burcher. Berlin, Germany: Springer (forthcoming).

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY