Faculty Scholars Program

Miranda R. Waggoner, PhD

Class of 2022
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
Florida State University
Scholar Project

Miranda Waggoner is an assistant professor of Sociology at Florida State University, where she is also affiliated with FSU’s Center for Demography and Population Health. Waggoner’s research examines the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of biomedical knowledge production. Rooted in the sociology and history of medicine, her work engages pressing ethical concerns in reproductive medicine and health policy. Waggoner has written about pregnancy care, medicalization, and epigenetics, among other topics. She is the author of The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk (University of California Press), which was awarded the 2019 Adele E. Clarke Book Award from ReproNetwork and the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. Waggoner is also co-editor of a volume on reproduction, health, and medicine in Emerald’s Advances in Medical Sociology book series. Waggoner’s current work focuses on “vulnerable” populations and understandings of risk in biomedical research, particularly with regard to the ethical inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials.

For more information, visit: https://coss.fsu.edu/sociology/mwaggoner

Tracing the Second Wave of Inclusion: Pregnant Women and Biomedical Research Ethics

Grant Cycle: 2018 - 2019

Professor Waggoner’s project examines recent shifts toward advancing clinical research with pregnant women, specifically new regulations that do not automatically classify pregnant women as vulnerable. It aims to: 1) trace the historical and contemporary trajectory of including pregnant women in clinical research; 2) describe how various actors navigate the risks of clinical research with pregnant women; and, 3) develop a framework for ensuring an adequate knowledge base to inform care of pregnant women. This work will reframe debates about reproductive risk and vulnerability in ethical research.


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