Alyssa Basmajian

Alyssa Basmajian is a PhD candidate in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in medical anthropology. Her research interests are grounded in the social and political tensions surrounding reproductive health in the United States. For Basmajian’s master’s thesis research, she examined a new form of political expression known as the abortion or full spectrum doula by drawing on theories of embodiment and social transformation. She has received funding from the NIH PreDoctoral Traineeship in Gender, Sexuality, and Health and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF). For her dissertation, Basmajian plans to further investigate doulas and the reproductive care they provide in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Most recently, Basmajian has received funding from the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF-DDRIG) to further support her research.

Research Interests

Adolescent/Young Adult Developmental Transitions
Health Inequities
HIV Interventions
HIV Prevention
HIV Treatment and Care
Policy (Policies)
Reproductive Justice
Sex Education
Sexual Violence
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Social Determinants
Teen Pregnancy
Unintended Pregnancy


Other: Guttmacher Institute data concerning abortion in the U.S.