Kathleen Broussard

Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of South Carolina


Hi there! I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. I study sexual and reproductive health, social demography, fertility desires and behaviors, and health policy.

My recent work examines people's experiences seeking abortion outside of the formal healthcare system. I situate self-managed abortion along the continuum of medicalization, highlighting how medical technology and healthcare provision influence perceptions and beliefs about pain, the body, and the environment where care is received. I also examine how people strategically navigate their social networks to confront and evade stigma and surveillance from their communities, the state, and the formal health care system.

My research appears in Journal of Health and Social Behavior,Social Science & Medicine, Population Studies, JAMA Network Open, Contraception, American Journal of Public HealthPerspectives on Sexual and Reproductive HealthAmerican Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and other academic journals. It has been featured across major news outlets, including The New York Times and The Atlantic. In support of my research, I have received funding from the Society of Family Planning, the NICHD, and private foundations.

I have also contributed to three collaborative projects:

  • Project SANA, a nationwide study of self-managed abortion
  • Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP), which evaluated the impact of reproductive health legislation in Texas
  • Tsogolo la Thanzi (TLT), a longitudinal study examining young young people's reproductive goals and behaviors amidst an AIDS epidemic in Southern Malawi.

Prior to joining USC, I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was a fellow at the Population Research Center.

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