Miranda Waggoner
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Bellamy 621
Waggoner studies the social and cultural dimensions of medicine, science, and public health, with an emphasis on the politics of gender and reproduction. Current research includes a project on the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials, an analysis of the emergent pre-pregnancy care model in maternal and child health, and an examination of the cultural impact of new epidemics among children.

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Research Interest

Medical Sociology
Gender and Reproduction
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health and Social Policy


Maternal and Child Health
Politics of Reproduction
Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Education and Professional Experience

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

Selected Papers and 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.

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.