Diane Tober

Associate Professor


Dr. Tober is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama Department of Anthropology and Institute for Social Science Research. Her work focuses on reproductive donation in the US and around the world. She has been conducting research exploring egg donors’ decisions and experiences within the global market for human eggs since 2013, focusing on the commodification of human genetic material, health and well-being of oocyte donors, and meanings of family and kinship within the context of gamete donation. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is conducting research comparing the biomedical markets of egg donation in the United States and Spain. Her book, Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families (2018), explores the intersections between the sperm banking industry, the men who provide sperm, and the single women and lesbian couples who use donor sperm to conceive a child. She earned a BA in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her MA in anthropology at University of Hawaii, Manoa, and her PhD in medical anthropology from the joint University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco medical anthropology program.