PhD Candidate — M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
PRC Graduate Student Trainee
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Amanda Stevenson applies methods from sociology, demography, and computer science to investigate social responses to reproductive health policies, as well as the impacts of these policies. She translates her results into policy-relevant findings for non-academic audiences. For example, she led the development of an app to disseminate local estimates of the impact of Texas 2012 family planning cuts for the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.
Her dissertation uses Twitter responses to Texas' abortion 2013 restrictions to examine the a social movement in detail. The first paper of her dissertation was published October 2014 in the journal Contraception. It uses Twitter data to document the spatial distribution of supporters of Wendy Davis' filibuster of Texas' omnibus abortion restriction bill.