Aleta Baldwin

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Health & Nutrition, The University of Texas at San Antonio

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About Aleta

Baldwin's research investigates complex social justice issues related to sexual and reproductive health, particularly for sexual and gender-diverse individuals. Her work is informed by a background in feminist theory, sexuality studies, and public health. Her current research project is a social-epidemiologic investigation into how healthcare use among sexual minority women is influenced by factors at multiple ecological levels. Baldwin teaches classes on sexuality, gender, and health, and epidemiology, and serves as a section councilor for the Population, Reproduction and Sexual Health Section of the American Public Health Association.


In the News

"What Each of Facebook's 51 New Gender Options Means," Aleta Baldwin (with Debby Herbenick), Daily Beast, February 15, 2014.


"Exposing Men's Gender Role Attitudes as Porn Superfans" (with Barbara Gayle Brents, Crystal A. Jackson, and Paul J. Maginn). Sociological Forum 34, no. 2 (2019): 483-500.

Examines results from a survey examining gender role attitudes among attendees at a large pornography convention. Uses bivariate analysis and finds that these porn "superfans" are actually more supportive of gender role equality that men in the US population on two indicators, and similarly supportive on two other measures.

"Health and Identity-Related Interactions between Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer Women and Their Healthcare Providers" (with Brian Dodge, Vanessa Schick, Debra Herbenick, Stephanie Sanders, Roshni Dhoot, and J. Dennis Fortenberry). Culture, Health, & Sexuality (2017): 1-16.

Examines the aspects of clinician-patient interactions that sexual minority women consider positive and negative. Identifies factors that influence identity disclosure to providers.

"'First I... Then We...': Why the Sequence of Sexual Acts and Safety Strategies Reported during a Single Sexual Encounter Matters " (with Vanessa Schick, Laina Bay-Cheng, Brian Dodge, Barbara van der Pol, and J. Dennis Fortenberry). Sexually Transmitted Infections 92, no. 4 (2016): 272-275.

Details each sexual act that takes place within one event by using a novel data collection tool. Shows how questions used to evaluate sexual safety fail to capture potential risk for STI transmission.

"State-Level Structural Support and Sexual Minority Women's Satisfaction with Healthcare Providers: Investigating the Health Impact of LGBT-Nondiscrimination Legislation " (with Brian Dodge, Vanessa Schick, Stephanie Sanders, and J. Dennis Fortenberry). Women's Health Issues 27, no. 3 (2017): 271-278.

Shows the positive impact of LGBT-nondiscrimination legislation on sexual minority women's reports of healthcare quality.

"Variation in Sexual Identification among Behaviorally Bisexual Women in the Midwestern United States: Challenging the Established Methods for Collecting Data on Sexual Identity and Orientation" (with Vanessa Schick, Brian Dodge, Barbara van der Pol, Debby Herbenick, Stephanie Sanders, and J. Dennis Fortenberry). Archives of Sexual Behavior 46, no. 5 (2016): 1337-1348.

Describes how survey questions used to elicit sexual orientation information produce different results in different contexts.