Aiken, Abigail R.A. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • M.D., University of Cambridge
  • B.A., University of Cambridge
Research Areas
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Abigail R.A. Aiken held postdoctoral and lecturer positions at the Office of Population Research and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before joining The University of Texas in 2016. She is currently an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School and a faculty associate at the Population Research Center. Her research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health. Her current projects include: examining women's experiences obtaining self-sourced abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and postabortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework. Her work has recently been published in the BMJ, The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Contraception and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.


Media MentionAugust 3, 2018
Why some women choose mail-order abortions

Due, in part, to the stigma against abortion—and depending on an individual’s clinic access, and the length of their pregnancy—some women may elect to order abortion pills online, as opposed to undergoing the more common suction abortion procedure. Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Abigail Aiken talks with The Cut about her latest research on reproductive health. 

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Media MentionJuly 27, 2018
What would the world be like without Roe v. Wade?

HuffPost discusses the reality of a worlds sans Roe v. Wade. Abigail Aiken, assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the fact that for many people that world already exists. As more and more women find important resources out of reach. 

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Media MentionJuly 21, 2018
The race to decriminalize self-induced abortion before Trump gets a new Supreme Court justice

With a possible shift looming in abortion rights, advocates are racing to decriminalize self-managed abortions. Abigail Aiken, assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, interviewed 32 people across 20 states who sought abortion pills online. She tells ThinkProgress she found a variety of reasons for this, ranging from location to misinformation from crisis pregancy centers. 

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