Alesha E. Doan

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Interim Chair, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration
Professor, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2650A


Alesha Doan is a 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 reproductive policies. Her publications include articles in a variety of journals as well as three books: Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom, (co-authored, Praeger, 2019), The Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education, (co-authored, Praeger 2008), and Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment (University of Michigan Press 2007). Professor Doan 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. ​In July 2019, she was appointed Interim Chairperson of the KU Department of Spanish & Portuguese.


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

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

B.A., Sociology, University of New Mexico


  • Public policy
  • Reproductive policy & justice
  • Public management
  • Diversity & equity in public organizations
  • Feminist methods

Selected Publications

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (2019). Organizational Obliviousness: Entrenched Resistance to Gender Integration in the Military. Public and Nonprofit Administration, eds. Rob Christensen and Andrew Whitford, Cambridge Elements Series, Cambridge University Press.

Doan, A. & Ehrlich, S. (2019). Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom. Praeger. Santa Barbara, CA.

Doan, A., Carlson, J., Quiason, M., & Mabachi, N. (2018). What Can Campuses Learn from Community Sexual Assault Response Teams? A Literature Review of Teams’ Purpose, Activities, Membership and Challenges. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Doan, A. Costa Candal, C. & Sylvester, S. (2018). We Are the Visible Proof: Legitimizing Abortion Regret Misinformation through Activists Experiential Knowledge . Law & Policy, 40(1). DOI:10.1111/lapo.12094

Doan, A. & Ehrlich, S. (2017). Teaching Morality by Teaching Science: Religiosity and Abortion Regret. In . (Ed.), New Challenges and Conversations in Reproductive Ethics.

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (2017). Moving Beyond Separate but Equal: The Flaw in the Boy Scouts New Policy, Huffington Post. Lawrence, KS.

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

Selected Work

Resist and Respect: Kansans Respond to the Vietnam War, Haricombe Gallery, Watson Library, Lawrence, KS. 2017 - 2018

Contested American Identities, Haricombe Gallery, University of Kansas Library, Lawrence, KS, USA. 2015 - 2015

Selected Presentations

Doan, A. & Higgins, E. (June 2019). Politics, Pain, and Personhood: Constructing Gender and Science in Fetal Pain Legislation. Law and Society. Washington, DC.

Doan, A. & Portillo, S. (March 2019). Gender Integration in Special Forces: An Exploration of Coded Language as a Form of Institutional Resistance to Change. American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

Doan, A. & Higgins, E. . (11/30/2018). The Bio-Politics of Pain: Assessing Hierarchies of Humanity in Fetal Pain Based Abortion Restrictions. National Women Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. Available Here

Doan, A. & Schwarz, C. . (06/30/2018). Reining in the Profit Driven Abortion-Industry: Stigma and Surveillance of Medical Providers in State Antiabortion Policy. Annual Meeting on Law and Society. Toronto, Canada

Doan, A. Portillo, S. Davis, R. & Stazyk, E. . (04/11/2018 - 04/13/2018). Organizational Justice and Gender Integration. International Research Society for Public Management. Edinburgh, Scotland

Doan, A. . (10/31/2017). Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project. Improving Population Health: Now, Across Peoples Lives and Across Generations to Come. Austin, Texas

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

Doan, A. & Schwarz, C. . (11/10/2016 - 11/13/2016). Women CanΓÇÖt Consent to Abortion: Expanding State Surveillance through Crisis Pregnancy Centers. National WomenΓÇÖs Studies Association. Montreal, Canada . Available Here

Selected Grants

Doan, Alesha, (Co-Investigator), Forbush, Kelsie (Principal), Song, Qianqi Chelsea (Co-Investigator), Watson, David (Co-Investigator), and Oehlert, Mary (Co-Investigator), Development of a Military-Specific Transdiagnostic Eating Disorder Survey and Screening Tool in Nationally Representative Sample of Veterans, Department of Defense, Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Temporary Grant No. PR180387, $1,721,697, (2018-2022). Status: Funded.

Doan, Alesha, (Principal), Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project, Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. Grant No. 1 ASTWH160042-01-00, $750,000, (2016-2019). Status: Funded.

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

Byron A. Alexander Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas
2018 - Present

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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