Dr. Lauren Jade Martin, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Berks, recently published a book titled Reproductive Tourism in the United States: Creating Family in the Mother Country (Routledge 2015). The book examines the United States as a destination for international consumers of assisted fertility services, including egg donation, surrogacy, and sex selection. Based on interviews conducted with fertility industry insiders who market their services to an international clientele in three of the largest American hubs of the global fertility marketplace ? New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco ? and focusing on the providers rather than the consumers of assisted fertility services, the book shines a light on how professional ethics and norms, in addition to personal moralities, shape the practice of reproductive tourism.
Martin teaches courses in sociology, women's studies, and global studies. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating methods and perspectives from the sociology of reproduction, medical sociology, global studies, and public policy. Her research focuses on the social impact of reproductive technologies.