Science & Justice Writing Together

Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm

SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Wanting to establish a regular writing routine exploring science and justice? Beginning Tuesday January 21st, join SJRC scholars in the SJRC Common Room from 10:00am to 1:00pm for open writing sessions! Engage in six 25-minute writing sessions (with a 5 minute break in between). Open to all students, faculty and visiting scholars.

We will continue to schedule quarterly writing sessions based on interest and availability. For more information or to express interest, please contact SJRC Graduate Student Researcher Dennis Browe (sociology).

April 15, 2020 | Works-in-Progress with Iben Mundbjerg Gjødsbøl

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

4:00-5:30 PM

SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Join SJRC scholars in the SJRC Common Room for an open discussion of works-in-progress! This is a wonderful chance to engage with one another’s ideas, and support our own internal work. At this session, we will hear from SJRC Visiting Scholar and Fulbright Fellow Iben Gjødsbøl, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gjødsbøl’s current research explores how personalized medicine is realized within cardiology in the Danish health care system. This research project forms part of the larger project ‘Personalized Medicine in the Welfare State‘, MeInWe, headed by Professor Mette N. Svendsen.


April 30, 2020 | GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health

Thursday, April 30, 2020

12:00 – 1:15pm
Rachel Carson College 301

Book cover for Rene Almeling’s GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health (University of California Press, forthcoming)

The average American has yet to encounter new information about the importance of “healthy sperm” and the “male biological clock.” That is because basic medical knowledge about how men matter when it comes to reproductive outcomes, from miscarriages to childhood illnesses, has only recently begun to be produced. This gap in knowledge about men is only more glaring when one considers the enormous efforts to understand and treat women’s reproductive bodies over the past century. What took so long? Why are biomedical researchers only now asking questions about how men’s age and bodily health affect reproductive outcomes?

Weaving together historical materials and qualitative interviews, Almeling examines the history of medical knowledge-making about men’s reproductive health and its consequences for individuals. From a failed nineteenth-century effort to launch a medical specialty called andrology to the contemporary science of paternal effects, she argues that a lack of medical specialization around men’s reproductive bodies resulted in obliviousness about men’s role in reproductive outcomes. Sifting through media messages and analyzing the stories of individual men and women, GUYnecology demonstrates how this historical gap in attention shapes reproductive politics today.

Rene Almeling is a sociologist at Yale University with research and teaching interests in gender and medicine. 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, an award-winning book that offers an inside look at the American market for egg donors and sperm donors. Her second book, GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health, will be published by the University of California Press in August 2020. In it, she argues that the historical lack of biomedical attention to men’s reproductive health has profound implications for contemporary reproductive politics. Professor Almeling has also conducted two original surveys, the first on Americans’ attitudes toward genetic risk (with political scientist Shana Kushner Gadarian) and the other on women’s bodily experiences of IVF. She has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her articles have appeared in American Sociological ReviewAnnual 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, and holds courtesy appointments in American Studies, the Yale School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management), and the Yale School of Medicine (Section of the History of Medicine). During the 2019-20 academic year, she is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Hosted by the Sociology Department

Co-Sponsored by the Science & Justice Research Center

May 02, 2020 | Global Health Day Symposium

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Schedule to be released

UC Santa Cruz

Join SJRC researcher and SJTP fellow Dennis Browe (Graduate student, Sociology) on Saturday, May 02, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz, for a poster session at the UC Global Health Day (UCGHD). Browe will present the work of the collaborative project Just Biomedicine on Third Street? Health & Wealth Inequities in San Francisco’s Biotech Hub.

Just Biomedicine is a UC Santa Cruz-based research collective that examines the meeting of biomedicine, biotechnology, and big data along the Third Street corridor in the Mission-Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

For more information on the collective, visit our website or contact Jenny Reardon (Sociology) or Dennis Browe (Graduate student, Sociology).

For more information on the UC Global Health Day (UCGHD) visit:

May 06, 2020 | Works-in-Progress with Guthman, Fairbairn, Reisman

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

4:00-5:30 PM

SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Join SJRC scholars in the SJRC Common Room for an open discussion of works-in-progress! This is a wonderful chance to engage with one another’s ideas, and support our own internal work.

At this session, we will hear from Professor of Social Sciences Julie Guthman, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Madeleine Fairbairn and Environmental Studies PhD Candidate Emily Reisman who will be discussing their research on the emerging Silicon Valley-based agri-food tech sector and its claims to be addressing the major challenges of food systems.

More information can be found at: