Miranda Waggoner
Assistant 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 projects include analysis of the emergent pre-pregnancy care model in maternal and child health, the rise of reproductive epigenetics, and the cultural impact of new epidemics among children.

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Research Interest

Gender and Reproduction
Public Health and Social Policy
Medical Sociology


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

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.