Rene Almeling

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Professor of Sociology

Rene Almeling is a sociologist at Yale University who specializes in research on gender and medicine. She is the author of Sex Cells, an award-winning book that offers an inside look at the American market for egg donors and sperm donors. Currently, she is writing a new book, Guynecology,  on the history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproduction and its consequences for individual men. She 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. 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. 

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Recent Publications:

Almeling, Rene. (In progress) Guynecology: Men, Medical Knowledge, and Reproduction. Under contract with University of California Press.

Almeling, Rene and Iris Willey. 2017. “Same Medicine, Different Reasons: Comparing Women’s Bodily Experiences of Producing Eggs for Pregnancy or for Profit.” Social Science and Medicine. 188: 21-29.

Almeling, Rene. 2015. “Reproduction.” Annual Review of Sociology. 41: 423-442.

Almeling, Rene and Shana Gadarian. 2014. “Reacting to Genetic Risk: An Experimental Survey of Life between Health and Disease.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 55: 482-503.

Almeling, Rene and Miranda Waggoner. 2013. “More and Less than Equal: How Men Figure in the Reproductive Equation.” Gender & Society 27:821-842.

Almeling, Rene. 2011. Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm.  Berkeley: University of California Press.