STS Event: “Mixing and Matching- The Role of Race in Gamete Donor Selection”

October 10, 2019 Add to Calendar

4:15–5:30 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Drinkward Recital Hall
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


Viven Hamilton


The widespread use of assisted reproductive technologies, coupled with processes of demographic and social change, are contributing to the normalization of new family configurations that extend beyond biological kinship. Despite the new populations and family formations utilizing assisted reproductive technologies, gamete donor selection is still predominated by heteronormative logics and an interest in family resemblance and assumptions of racial matching. This research reveals that despite the new forms of relatedness that non-traditional families enable, within the use of reproductive technologies, biological framings of race and kinship continue to structure decisions about family formation.

Alyssa Newman is the Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvey Mudd College.

The talk is followed at 5:30 p.m. by an STS Pizza Party on the third floor patio, Shanahan Center. Meet STS faculty and students and learn more about the STS major.

Co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Intercollegiate Feminist Center. For more information, contact Vivien Hamilton at