Department of Sociology

Amanda Stevenson

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Amanda Stevenson



Demography, reproductive health, fertility, policy, social movements and emotions


Amanda Jean Stevenson investigates the relationship between the state and reproductive health using methods from sociology, demography, and computer science.  

She uses demographic methods to study the impacts of reproductive health policies, and computational methods to study social responses to these policies.  Her demographic work has appeared in the American Journal of Public HealthObstetrics and Gynecology, and the journal Contraception.  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 2011 family planning cuts with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, she regularly testifies on the demographic impacts of legislation, and her research has been cited in The New York Times, USA Today, The Austin-American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, the Texas Tribune, and other outlets.

Her dissertation uses Twitter responses to Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions to examine the microsociological processes that gave rise to and sustained a massive online conversation about abortion in Texas.  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. The second paper was presented at the International Conference on Web and Social Media.  It uses computational methods to describe the relationship between social movement participation, individuals' own emotions, and exposure to others' emotions.  She is currently investigating the role of emotions and relationships in transmitting radical frames from marginalized players to movement elites.


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