Mikaela H. Smith


Ph.D. Candidate
Sociology Department
University of California, Irvine

I am a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at UC Irvine where I study reproductive healthcare in the United States. I have recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network at the Ohio State University, where I will be examining the impacts of recent changes in reproductive policy across the state.

Broadly, my research falls at the intersection of health, politics, and inequality. My dissertation, Reproduction in the Welfare State, offers a state-level comparison of public spending for reproductive healthcare services in the United States. Other ongoing research projects highlight variation in public opinion on abortion and paid leave in the U.S.

As an instructor and teaching assistant, I have led courses and workshops on a variety of topics, including undergraduate and graduate statistics, research methods, and social problems. From 2016-2018 I served as statistics consultant for the sociology department.