Student Profiles

Alicia VandeVusse Alicia VandeVusse

Preceptor for the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS)
MA, Sociology, University of Chicago

BA, Economics, Smith College

Pick Hall 322A
Curriculum Vita: CV

Alicia VandeVusse is a PhD candidate 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 Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences as well as the Public Policy Studies Department, which involves advising student theses from start to finish. In addition, she was a Robert Park Lecturer at the University of Chicago in 2013, when she taught a self-designed course entitled Reproduction and Reproductive Rights. 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. 


Master's Title

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

Research Interests

Family Sociology, Medical Sociology, Gender and Sexuality, Qualitative Methods

Selected Publications

VandeVusse, Alicia. 2014. “Reproductive Physicians’ Treatment of Lesbian Patients in Germany and the United States,” in Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population, eds. Vickie L. Harvey and Teresa Heinz Housel. New York: Lexington Books, 123-140.

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.