Von Hagel's research focuses on reproductive policy, social movements, and biotechnology in the United States. Currently, her work examines the role of the Religious Right in reshaping the public discourse on issues of success to abortion and the right to same-sex marriage. Further, this work considers the impact of this changing strategy and discourse bu the Religious Right on public policy. Based upon her background and teaching experience, she has given over 50 interviews on local and national politics for a number of local affiliates of NPR, CBS, and Fox news organizations.
In the News
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.
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.
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.