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Miranda Waggoner

Assistant Professor

Office: 621 Bellamy
Phone Number: 850-644-1378
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CV: Miranda Waggoner CV

Personal Statement:

Miranda Waggoner is an assistant professor of sociology at Florida State University and affiliated with FSU’s Center for Demography & Population Health. Her research examines the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of biomedical knowledge production. Her current project focuses on “vulnerable” populations and biomedical research ethics, specifically with regard to the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Population Research, Princeton University
Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, Brandeis University
M.A. in Social Policy, Brandeis University
B.A. in Sociology and Government, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest:

Medical Sociology; Bioethics; Sociology of Science; Public Health and Social Policy; Gender and Reproduction; Qualitative Methods

Selected Publications:

Armstrong, Elizabeth Mitchell, Susan Markens, and Miranda R. Waggoner, eds. 2020. Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 20: Reproduction, Health, and Medicine. Emerald.

Waggoner, Miranda R. 2017. The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk. University of California Press.

Conrad, Peter and Miranda R. Waggoner. 2017. “Anticipatory Medicalization: Predisposition, Prediction, and the Expansion of Medicalized Conditions.” Pp. 95–103 in Medical Ethics, Prediction, and Prognosis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by Mariacarla Gadebusch-Bondio, Francesco Spöring, & John-Stewart Gordon. London: Routledge.

Waggoner, Miranda. 2015. "Cultivating the Maternal Future: Public Health and the Pre-Pregnant Self." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 40(4): 939–962.

Waggoner, Miranda R. and Tobias Uller. 2015. "Epigenetic Determinism in Science and Society." New Genetics and Society 37(2): 177–195.

Waggoner, Miranda R. 2013. "Motherhood Preconceived: The Emergence of the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 38 (2): 345–371.

Waggoner, Miranda R. 2013. "Parsing the Peanut Panic: The Social Life of a Contested Food Allergy Epidemic." Social Science & Medicine 90: 49–55.

Almeling, Rene and Miranda R. Waggoner. 2013. "More and Less than Equal: How Men Factor in the Reproductive Equation." Gender & Society 27 (6): 821–842.

Awards and Honors:

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2020–2025)

Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics (2019–2022)

2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (for The Zero Trimester)

2019 Adele E. Clarke Book Award, ReproNetwork (for The Zero Trimester)

University Undergraduate Teaching Award, FSU (2018–2019) 

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Research Support Program Award, FSU (2019)

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, FSU Sociology Graduate Student Union (2017, 2018, 2019)

Finalist, 2017 C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems (for The Zero Trimester)