Aalap Bommaraju

Aalap Bommaraju

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Aalap Bommaraju (they/them) explores how people transform reproductive care in the US. They focus specifically on policy implementation processes in publicly funded institutions that supply abortion and contraceptive care. They specialize in the sociology of medicine, reproduction, social movements, and race.

Aalap's quantitative research projects on gendered racial inequality in contraceptive service delivery and reproductive stigma perception have been published in Women's Health Issues, and Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Their dissertation uses feminist urban ethnography to explore how abortion care administrators and abortion policy advocates in Illinois navigated difference and sameness, across boundaries of identity and organization, to restore Medicaid coverage for abortion in that state. Simultaneously, Aalap is a Co-Investigator in Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) where they lead a team-based institutional ethnography exploring how administrators of publicly funded healthcare organizations hold front line workers accountable to state and federal contraceptive counseling policies.

Research Articles
Bommaraju, Aalap, Megan Kavanaugh, Melody Hou, and Danielle Bessett. 2016. “Situating stigma in stratified reproduction: Abortion stigma and miscarriage stigma as barriers to reproductive healthcare.” Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 10:62-69. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2016.10.008.
Bommaraju, Aalap, Jennifer Malat and Jennifer L. Mooney. 2015. “Reproductive Life Plan Counseling and Effective Contraceptive Use among Urban Women Utilizing Title X Services.” Women’s Health Issues 25(3):209-215. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2015.02.005.
Book Review
Bommaraju, Aalap. 2018. “Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting, and Intergenerational Relations.” Sociology of Health & Illness 40(6):1106–8. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12712
Book Chapter
Mooney, Jennifer and Aalap Bommaraju. 2017. “Reproductive Health Needs and Treatment.” in Female Offenders and Reentry: Pathways and Barriers to Returning to Society, edited by L. M. Carter and C. D. Marcum. New  York, New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Female-Offenders-and-Reentry-Pathways-and-Barriers-to-Returning-to-Society/Carter-Marcum/p/book/9781498780322