In my research and teaching, I focus on issues associated with gender and medicine. Using a range of qualitative, historical, and quantitative methods, I examine questions about how biological bodies and cultural norms interact to influence biomedical knowledge, medical markets, and individual experiences. My first book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011), received awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Anthropological Association. In 2013, I was honored to receive the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research, one of Yale’s highest honors.
My current research projects include a survey of women’s experiences with in vitro fertilization (IVF), a national survey of American attitudes toward genetic risk (with Shana Gadarian), and a comparative survey of sperm donors in France and the United States (collaborative with a team of French researchers). I am also working on a new book, tentatively titled Guynecology: Men, Medical Knowledge, and Reproduction, which examines the history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproduction and its consequences for individual men.