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Rene Almeling

Rene Almeling

Rene Almeling

Sociology
Yale University
Fellow, 2019-20 Study #38

During the fellowship year, Rene Almeling will be completing her second book, GUYnecology: The Missing Science of How Men’s Health Matters for Reproduction, a history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproduction and its consequences for individual men.

In her work, using a range of qualitative, historical, and quantitative methods, she examines questions about how biological bodies and cultural norms interact to influence scientific knowledge, medical markets, and individual experiences. She is the author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011), an award-winning book that offers an inside look at the American market for egg donors and sperm donors. Almeling has also conducted two original surveys, the first on Americans’ attitudes toward genetic risk (with Shana Gadarian) and the other on women’s bodily experiences of IVF.

Almeling is an associate professor of sociology at Yale University with research and teaching interests in gender and medicine.   Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and her articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of SociologyJournal of Health and Social Behavior, and Gender & Society. She is a recipient of the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research, one of Yale’s highest honors. At Yale, she holds courtesy appointments in American Studies, the School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), and the Yale School of Medicine (History of Medicine). 

More information is available at renealmeling.com