Yale sociologist honored with fellowship for advanced study in social science

Rene Almeling
Rene Almeling

Yale sociologist Rene Almeling was recently recognized with a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.

Almeling is one of 36 scholars chosen for the 2019-2020 class of fellows, who represent 21 U.S. institutions and eight international institutions and programs.

Founded in 1954 through a grant from the Ford Foundation and located at Stanford University, CASBS “facilitates collaborations across academia, policy, industry, civil society, and government to collectively design a better future.” CASBS residential fellowships are awarded across core social and behavioral science disciplines, including: anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology; in addition to humanistic scholars from the fields of education, linguistics, and the biological, natural, and health sciences.

This is a storied fellowship for those of us in the social sciences,” says Almeling. “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this vibrant, interdisciplinary community.”

Almeling specializes in the sociology of gender and medicine and conducts research focused primarily on reproduction and genetics. 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 finishing work on a National Science Foundation-funded project on men’s reproductive health. In a forthcoming book titled “GUYnecology: The Missing Science of How Men’s Health Matters for Reproduction,” Almeling examines the lack of biomedical attention to men’s reproduction and chronicles its social, clinical, and policy implications.

Almeling has also conducted two original surveys, the first on Americans’ attitudes toward genetic risk (with political scientist Shana Kushner Gadarian of Syracuse University) and the second on women’s bodily experiences of in vitro fertilization. In addition to funding from the National Science Foundation, her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Gender & Society.

The Yale scholar is a recipient of the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research — one of Yale’s highest honors — and holds courtesy appointments in the Yale School of Medicine (Section of the History of Medicine), Yale School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management), and American Studies.

The fellowship, says Almeling, “comes at the perfect moment. I am finishing up a big project and don’t yet know what’s next. So, it will give me time to explore new directions for my scholarship and take the kinds of intellectual risks necessary to develop innovative research.”

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