Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel

Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN

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About Alisa

Von Hagel's research focuses on reproductive health and the anti-abortion movement. Overarching themes in Von Hagel's writings include reproductive health policy development, and the social movements involved this development. Von Hagel is a Faculty Affiliate of the Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (CORE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The Abortion Barriers and Needs of Black Women

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In the News

"Anti-Abortion Bills Get the Ink While Reproductive Justice Gets Ignored," Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel (with Daniela Mansbach), Guest Columns, The Cap Times, December 9, 2021.
Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel quoted by Peter Cameron, "After Loosening of Campaign Finance Laws, Cash Poured into Race for Bewley Senate Seat" Superior Telegram, May 7, 2019.
Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel's research on ethical questions surrounding "fertility loans" discussed by Kylie McConville, "Hope for Families? More Lenders Offering Loans for Fertility Treatments," The Bump, April 29, 2019.
Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel quoted on crisis pregnancy centers' use of medical misinformation by Jennifer Gerson, "Fake Health Clinics are Tricking College Students" Cosmopolitan, February 1, 2019.
Alisa Carolyn Von Hagel's research on ethical questions surrounding "fertility loans" discussed by "Marketing Loans for Fertility Treatments Raises Ethical Concerns," Science Daily, December 9, 2013.


"The Battle for Recognition: Religious Freedom post-Obergefell" (with Daniela Mansbach). Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2017): 1-23.

Analyzes the latest efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage to frame their battle against this practice as a matter of religious liberty. Explains that by framing the opposition to same-sex marriage as an issue of religious liberty, the religious right does not need to change public opinion on same-sex marriage, arguing instead that this is an issue of conflicting rights, with the opposition simply fighting for individual liberty.

"Reproductive Rights in the Age of Human Rights: Pro-Life Politics from Roe to Hobby Lobby" (with Daniela Mansbach) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Traces the development of the discourse used by the pro-life movement since the 1970s, and its relationship to public policy efforts at the state and federal level. Argues that these successes are the result of a dynamic and responsive movement, which has adapted both its discourse and public policy efforts since Roe v. Wade. 

"The Regulation of Exploitation: A Comparative Analysis of Surrogacy Arrangements in Israel and the United States" (with Daniela Mansbach). International Feminist Journal of Politics 18, no. 2 (2015): 190-209.

Provides an analysis of the local conditions that shape exploitation in surrogacy arrangements in Israel and the United States. Focuses on the selection and compensation of surrogates to analyze the impact of local forces that define certain practices and regulations as exploitative in order to analyze the universal and local forces that shape exploitation.