Amanda J. Stevenson, Graduate Student Researcher, University of Texas at Austin
Amanda Jean Stevenson is a graduate student researcher and trainee at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from The Evergreen State College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology with a specialization in demography. Amanda will receive her Ph.D. in sociology with a demography specialization in 2016. Beginning January 2017, she will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Amanda has 10 years of experience in the evaluation of public health programs and policies. In her research at UT, she uses demographic methods to study the impacts of reproductive health policies, and computational methods to study social responses to these policies.
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. She focuses on describing the conversation and its participants, characterizing the emotional composition of the conversation, and investigating the role of emotions in supporting engagement. She also studies the role of emotions and relationships in transmitting radical frames to movement elites.
Outside the office, Amanda can be found running at Town Lake, swimming in Barton Springs, baking more pies than her friends can eat, or carrying a big backpack down a mountain trail in the American West.