Photo by Sven A. Kranz

Photo by Sven A. Kranz

Miranda Waggoner is an assistant professor of sociology at Florida State University and affiliated with FSU’s Center for Demography & Population Health. Waggoner’s research examines the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of biomedical knowledge production. She is the author of The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk (University of California Press, 2017), and her articles have been published in outlets such as Signs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Social Science and Medicine, New Genetics and Society, among others. Her current project focuses on “vulnerable” populations and biomedical research ethics, specifically with regard to the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials.

Waggoner received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Brandeis University’s Department of Sociology and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. From 2011–2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.


—Waggoner was awarded the 2018–2019 University Teaching Award for her undergraduate teaching at FSU

—Excellent reviews of The Zero Trimester by: Lori Freedman in Contemporary Sociology; Gareth Thomas in American Journal of Sociology; Shannon Withycombe in Social History of Medicine; Gillian Love in Sociology of Health and Illness; and, Elise Andaya in Medical Anthropology Quarterly

The Zero Trimester was named a finalist for the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ prestigious C. Wright Mills Award

The Zero Trimester was featured in an Author Meets Critics session at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans


Post: Florida State University, Department of Sociology, 526 Bellamy Building, 113 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306 USA

E-mail: mwaggoner@fsu.edu

Phone: (850) 644-1378