Mansbach's research focuses on the Religious Right, and the way the movement has been changing and adapting to political and social changes in the United States. Together with her colleague Alisa Von Hagel, they analyze the discourse and policies that have been used by the movement to promote conservative legislation regarding women's health and reproduction, mainly by the pro-life movement. Her current work expands this research to the use of religious freedom arguments by the religious right, including in their fight against marriage equality.
Analyzes the latest efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage to frame their battle against this practice as a matter of religious liberty.
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. Introduces a framework that can be used to analyze the interaction between universal and local forces that lead to exploitation in surrogacy arrangements.
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. Highlights the pro-life strategy and its current and future impact on human rights, reproductive rights, and right-wing politics.