Alesha E. Doan, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration
Associate Professor School of Public Affairs & Administration; Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Primary office:
Blake Hall
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, Rm 404
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Blake Hall

Alesha Doan is an associate professor in the School and holds a joint appointment with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Alesha’s interdisciplinary research is guided by her broader interests in public policy, reproductive policy, reproductive justice, feminist methods, research design, equity in public organizations and gender/social equity.


Ph.D., Political Science, Texas A&M University

M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

B.A., Sociology, University of New Mexico

Teaching Interests

  • Public policy
  • Reproductive policy
  • Feminist methods
  • Research design
  • Reproductive justice
  • Diversity and equity in public organizations


Alesha Doan is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas and holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department. Professor Doan’s interdisciplinary research is guided by her broader interests in public policy, organizations and gender/social equity, with a more specialized focus on the development, adoption and implementation of reproductive policies. Her publications include articles in a variety of journals as well as two books: Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment (University of Michigan Press 2007), and The Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education, (co-authored, Praeger 2008). Professor Doan is currently collaborating on a book, For Their Own Protection: Abortion Regret and the Attack on Women’s Reproductive Freedom. Professor Doan also continues to work with a collaborative research team investigating gender integration and equity in the military; and she is the lead researcher on a three-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health to develop and implement policies and prevention programs addressing the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Selected Publications

Doan, A. Costa Candal, C. & Sylvester, S. (in press). “We Are the Visible Proof”: Legitimizing Abortion Regret Misinformation through Activists’ Experiential Knowledge . Law & Policy.

Doan, A. & Ehrlich, S. (in press). Teaching Morality by Teaching Science: Religiosity and Abortion Regret. New Challenges and Conversations in Reproductive Ethics.

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (2017). “Not a Scandal: Nude Photos, Business as Usual for Marines”. Huffinton Post

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (2017). Not A Woman, But A Soldier: Exploring Identity through Translocational Positionality. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 76(3), 236-249 . DOI:10.1007/s11199-016-0661-7

Portillo, S. & Doan, A. (2016). Porcelain and Privilege: Gender Oblivion, Bathrooms and the Push for Equity” . Huffinton Post

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (2016). Project Diane: Integrating Military Women into Combat Roles. Huffinton Post

Doan, A. Murphy, A. Cole, M. Doerr, J. Halling, E. Mabachi, N. McMillian, J. Thomas, N. Walzel, R. Rayburn Yung, C. & Carlson, J. (2015). University of Kansas Chancellor’s Sexual Assault Task Force Final Report.” April 2015. Prepared for the University of Kansas.

Doan, A. E., & Kirkpatrick, K. (2013). Giving Girls a Shot: An Examination of Mandatory Vaccination Legislation. Policy Studies Journal.

Doan, A. E., & McFarlane, D. (2012). Saying No to Abstinence-Only Education: An Analysis of State Decision-Making. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 42(4), 613-635.

Doan, A. E. (2011). What's Wrong with Sexy? Why Political Science Needs to Get Serious about Sexuality. PS: Political Science and Politics, 44(1), 31-34.

Doan, A. E., & Haider-Markel, D. (2010). The Role of Intersectional Stereotypes on Evaluations of Political Candidates. Politics & Gender, 6(1), 63-91.

Doan, A. E. (2009). [Review of Sin, Sex and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right]. Perspectives on Politics, 7(3), 657-659.

Doan, A. E., & Williams, J. C. (2008). Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Doan, A. E. (2007). Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Doan, A. E., & Wood, B. D. (2003). The Politics of Problem Definition: A Theory and Application to Sexual Harassment. American Journal of Political Science, 47(3), 640-653.

Doan, A. E. (2002). [Review of the book Is the Fetus a Person? A Comparison of Policy Across the Fifty States]. American Political Science Review, 96(4), 832-833.

Doan, A. E., & Leighley, J. E. (2000). Women's Participation in Electoral Politics: Myths and Realities. In D. Vannoy (Ed.), Gender Mosaics: Social Perspectives. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company.

Selected Presentations

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. . (11/10/2016 - 11/13/2016). Gender Oblivion and Military Integration. National Women’s Studies Association. Montreal, Canada. Available Here

Doan, A. & Schwarz, C. . (11/10/2016 - 11/13/2016). Women Can’t Consent to Abortion: Expanding State Surveillance through Crisis Pregnancy Centers. National Women’s Studies Association. Montreal, Canada . Available Here

Selected Grants

Doan, Alesha , (Co-Investigator), Portillo, Shannon, (Principal), Project Diane, Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, $24,973, Submitted 04/03/2015 (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Doan, Alesha, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, University of Warwick, Submitted 02/01/2014 (02/01/2015 - 03/31/2015) . Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

Doan, Alesha, (Principal), Portillo, Shannon, (Co-Investigator), Haider-Markel, Don, (Co-Investigator), Gender Integration in Special Force Community: Effects on Unit Cohesion and Task Cohesion, ARO Contract W911NF-11-1-0035, Army Research Institute, $93,000, (08/01/2013 - 03/31/2014) . Other. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Higher Education Award
Dialogue Institute Southwest

University of Kansas Woman of Distinction
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, University of Kansas
2013 - 2014

Outstanding Young Professional Award
Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section of the American Public Health Association

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