Technologies of Racial Capitalism: Race, Value, and Human Egg Donation


Giddings House 212, Department of Anthropology

Daisy Deomampo, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University

The practice of medically transferring human ova from body to body - made technically feasible by twentieth-century advances in medical technology - is now part of a multibillion dollar industry that enables the creation of babies for prospective parents around the world.  Yet the social and cultural meanings attached to eggs varies.  Drawing on fieldwork on egg donation in the U.S., Deomampo chronicles the ways in which eggs take on particular racial and social significance in market exchanges.

Daisy Deomampo is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research interests encompass science and technology studies, critical race studies, reproductive health and politics, and bioethics and social justice. She is the author of Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India (NYU Press, 2016).  Her research and writing have been supported by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.  Her current research explores the social meanings of race, identify, and DNA in the context of gamete donation among Asian Americans in the United States.