Student Profiles

Alicia VandeVusse Alicia VandeVusse

Robert Park Lecturer
MA, Sociology, University of Chicago

BA, Economics, Smith College

Curriculum Vita: CV

Alicia VandeVusse is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on processes of medicalization, notions of family, and issues of reproduction. Her dissertation explores the formation of "nontraditional" families using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), with a focus on how legal and professional regulation (or lack thereof) affects the experiences of patients and providers. She investigates how both the regulatory context and doctors' personal conceptualizations of family influence the provision of care to nontraditional ART patients in Germany and the United States. Her other research interests include the changing experience of birth in America and popular culture depictions of reproduction and nontraditional families.

Alicia has worked as a Preceptor in the Public Policy Studies Department, teaching a senior seminar and advising undergraduate BA theses. She has also co-taught Problems in the Study of Sexuality and worked as a TA for multiple sociology courses. At Alverno College, Alicia taught the course Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. In Spring 2013, she will be a Robert Park Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where she will teach Sociology of Reproduction.


Master's Title

A Baby Story as a Source of Information about Birth: The Messages and Their Implications

Research Interests

Family, Health and Medicine, Gender, Comparative/Historical/Macro Sociology

Selected Publications

Farrell, Betty, Alicia VandeVusse and Abigail Ocobock. 2012. "Family Change and the State of Family Sociology." Current Sociology, 60(3): 283-299.

VandeVusse, Alicia. 2011. "The Role of Physicians in Regulating Access to Reproduction in the United States." Rutgers Journal of Sociology, 1.

VandeVusse, Alicia. 2011. Review of Beyond Expectation: Lesbian/Bi/Queer Women and Assisted Conception by Jacquelyne Luce. American Journal of Sociology, May: 2025-7.