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Florida State University


Employment Law Faculty

Mary Zeigler

Mary Ziegler

Stearns Weaver Miller Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 216
Phone: 850.645.0364



J.D., cum laude, Harvard University, 2007
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2004

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Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law. Her research and teaching focus on the history and law governing the family, reproduction, gender, sexuality, employment and torts. 

Her first book, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, was published by Harvard University Press in 2015 and won the 2014 Harvard University Press Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize for best first manuscript published by the press in any discipline. Her second book, Rights to Privacy: How Americans Reimagined Roe v. Wade and Why We Have Forgotten, is currently under contract with Harvard University Press. Her more than 20 law review articles have appeared in leading journals, and she has served as a commentator for or been quoted in leading mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, the New Republic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She chairs committees for major legal history organizations, including the American Society for Legal History, the American Association of Law Schools Legal History Section and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Historic Commemorations. She has also received recognition for her work in the classroom, including the 2016 Florida State University Teaching Award and the 2015 Transformation Through Teaching Award.

She previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable John Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University Law School. Before joining the Florida State law faculty, she taught at St. Louis University School of Law.

Select Recent Publications

RIGHTS TO PRIVACY: THE OTHER LEGACY OF ROE V. WADE (Harvard University Press) (forthcoming 2018)


Young v. UPS, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Reproductive Justice (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2018)

Legal and Constitutional History, in The Routledge History of the Twentieth Century (Routledge) (forthcoming 2017)

A Provider’s Right to Choose: A Legal History, in Abortion in Transnational Perspective (Palgrave) (2017)

“Roe v. Wade,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (2017)

Harris v. McRae, in Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (Linda Berger, Bridget Crawford & Kathy Stanchi, editors) (Cambridge University Press 2016)

The Disability Politics of Abortion
, 2017 Utah L. Rev. 587 (2017)

Substantial Uncertainty: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and the Future of Abortion Law, 2016 Sup. Ct. Rev. 77 (2017)

Liberty and the Politics of Balance: The Undue-Burden Test After Casey/Hellerstedt, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 421 (2017)

Reproducing Rights: Rethinking the Costs of Constitutional Discourse
, 28 Yale J.L. & Feminism 103 (2016)

The Conservative Magna Carta, 94 N.C. L. Rev. 1653 (2016)

Perceiving Orientation: Defining Sexuality After
Obgergefell, 3 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 223 (2016)

Choice at Work: Young v. United States Parcel Service, Pregnancy Discrimination, and Statutory Reproductive Liberty, 93 Denv. U. L. Rev. 219 (2015)

The (Non-)Right to Sex, 69 U. Miami L. Rev. 631 (2015)

Identity Contests: Litigation and the Meaning of a Social Movement Cause, 86 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1274 (2015)

Originalism Talk: A Legal History, 2014 BYU L. Rev. 869 (2015)

Abortion and the Constitutional Right (Not) to Procreate, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1263 (2014)

The Price of Privacy, 1973 to the Present, 37 Harv. J.L. & Gender 285 (2014)

Beyond Backlash: Legal History, Polarization, and Roe v. Wade, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 969 (2014)

Book Review: Estelle B. Freedman, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in
the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
, 33 Law & Hist. Rev. 351 (2014)