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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 teaches courses in family law, employment law, torts, and reproduction, sexuality, and the law. 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.

Her book, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, uses more than 100 oral history interviews and extensive archival research to challenge the conventional legal and historical account of social-movement reactions to Roe v. Wade. In studying the decade after Roe, the project explores reasons for the contemporary polarization of the abortion wars.

She is the author of twenty published or forthcoming articles that fall at the intersection of historical and legal scholarship. Her work focuses on reproductive health, gender, constitutional and family law, and law and social change. She has served as a featured guest blogger on the Legal History Blog and JURIST and has appeared as a commentator in leading media outlets, including The Atlantic Monthly, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Tampa Tribune.

Select Recent Publications


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

Choice at Work: Young v. United Parcel Service, Pregnancy Discrimination, and Reproductive Liberty, __ Denv. U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)

The (Non-)Right to Sex, __ U. Miami L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)

Identity Contests: Litigation and the Meaning of Social-Movement Causes, __ U. Colo. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)

Originalism Talk: A Legal History, __ BYU L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014)

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. 251 (2015)

Roe’s Race: The Supreme Court, Population Control, and Reproductive Justice, 25 Yale J.L. & Feminism 1 (2013)

Women’s Rights on the Right: The History and Stakes of Modern Pro-Life Feminism, 28 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 232 (2013)

Grassroots Originalism: Judicial Activism Arguments, the Abortion Debate, and the Politics of Judicial Philosophy, 51 U. Louisville L. Rev. 201 (2013)

An Incomplete Revolution: Feminists and the Legacy of Marital-Property Reform, 19 Mich. J. Gender & L. 294 (2013)

The Possibility of Compromise: Antiabortion Moderates After Roe v. Wade, 1973-1980, 87 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 571 (2012)

Sexting Harris: The Law and Politics of the Movement to Defund Planned Parenthood, 60 Buff. L. Rev. 701 (2012)

The Terms of the Debate: Litigation, Argumentative Strategies, and Coalitions in the Same-Sex Marriage Struggle, 39 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 467 (2012)

The Bonds that Tie: The Politics of Motherhood and the Future of Abortion Rights, 21 Tex. J. Women & L. 47 (2011)