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Alterman's research focuses on stand-up comedy and theatre-based abortion education and advocacy interventions. Alterman's overarching themes in writings include uses of humor for stigma reduction, gender discrimination as a barrier for health access, and performances of governmentality and reproductive governance. Alterman serves as a volunteer researcher for the UCLA Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health and as the founder and lead coordinator of the UCLA Graduate Student Art & Health Collaborative. Alterman additionally volunteers with the , the Abortion Access Front, subject of her dissertation research project.