Rene Almeling Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


Gender, health, and medicine; egg donation and sperm donation; men’s reproductive health; egg freezing


I am a sociologist at Yale University who specializes in research on gender and medicine. I am 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, I am writing a new book, “Guynecology”,  on the history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproduction and its consequences for individual men. I have 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.