Gendering gametes: The unequal contributions of sperm and egg donors “by Rosanna Hertz, Margaret K. Nelson and Wendy Kramer in Social Science and Medicine

“Gamete donor anonymity and limits on numbers of offspring: the views of three stakeholders” by Margaret K. Nelson, Rosanna Hertz and Wendy Kramer, Journal of Law and the Biosciences  (2015)

Blog Post: For Concurring Opinions: The Law, the Universe, and Everything

“Known Donors Wanted: Expanding Families"
 June 22, 2015, Rosanna Hertz  PDF

"Ideologies of Mothering" by Rosanna Hertz, Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, Volume 2

"Assisted Reproductive Technology", Coleman American Family, Vol. 1, by Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson (2014)

"Sperm Donors describe the experience of contact with their donor-conceived offspring", Facts Views Vis Obgyn, 2015, by Rosanna Hertz, Wendy Kramer and Margaret K. Nelson

Donor-shared Siblings or Genetic Strangers: New Families, Clans and the Internet, Rosanna Hertz and Jane Mattes, Journal of Famly Issues 2011 32:1129

"Introduction", Rosanna Hertz and Margaret Nelson, Journal of Family Issues, 2015, 1-14,


"Donor conceived offspring conceive of the donor: The relevance of age, awareness, and family form", Rosanna Hertz, Margaret K.Nelson, Wendy Kramer, Social Science & Medicine, 2013 PDF

"Making Sense of Donors and Donor Siblings: A Comparison of the Perceptions of Donor-Conceived Offspring in Lesbian-Parent and Heterosexual-Parent Families",  by Margaret K. Nelson, Rosanna Hertz and Wendy Kramer. In Patricia Neff Claster, Sampson Lee Blair (ed.) Visions of the 21st Century Family: Transforming Structures and Identities (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-42 (2013)

I Can Have What I Want: A Draft Utopian Vision of Marriage and Motherhood (unpublished talk); Presented at the American Sociological Association, August 2012 Rosanna Hertz, Depts of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College. PDF.

"Economic Crisis and New Social Realities: Bait and Switch and the American Dream - Presidential Address 2010" Sociological Forum 25(4):643-654. December 2010. PDF.

"Turning Strangers into Kin: Half Siblings and Anonymous Donors" in Who's Watching? Daily Practices of Surveillance among Contemporary Families, eds. Margaret K. Nelson and Anita Ilta Garey. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009. 156-174. PDF.

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice"Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family". New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Available via Oxford University, or a library

A remarkable number of women today are taking the daunting step of having children outside of marriage. In Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice, Rosanna Hertz offers the first full-scale account of this fast-growing phenomenon, revealing why these middle class women took this unorthodox path and how they have managed to make single parenthood work for them.

A unique window on the future of the family, this book offers a gold mine of insight and reassurance for any woman contemplating this rewarding if unconventional step.

"Work and Leadership: Test of Manhood. Professional and Managerial Women in the Workplace." Regional Review (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston): Quarter 1, 2005 and 14(3):22-26. 2004. PDF.

Out Studies, Ourselves"Our Studies, Ourselves". edited with Barry Glassner. New York: Oxford University Press. 2003. Available via Google BooksOxford University Press, or a library.

An intimate look at biography and craft, these snapshots provide a fascinating glimpse of the sociological life for colleagues, other academics, and aspiring young sociologists. The collection demonstrates how inequalities and injustices can be made into motors for scholarly research, which in turn have the power to change individual life courses and entire societies.

“Paying Forward and Paying Back.” Symbolic Interaction 26(3):473-486. 2003. PDF.

“The Father As An Idea: A Challenge to Kinship Boundaries by Single Mothers.”  Symbolic Interaction. 25(1):1-31. 2002. PDF.

"Working to Place Family at the Center of Life: Dual-Earner and Single-Parent Strategies". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 562:16-31. 1999. PDF.

"Only One Pair Of Hands: Ways Single Mothers Stretch Work and Family Resources" with Faith Ferguson. Community, Work & Family 1(1):13-37. 1998. PDF.

“A Typology of Approaches to Child Care.” Journal of Family Issues 18(4):355-385. 1997. PDF.

“Gentility, Gender, and Political Protest: The Barbara Bush Controversy at Wellesley College” with Susan Reverby. Gender & Society 9(5):594-611. 1995. PDF.