Mary Ziegler

Mary Ziegler

Mary Ziegler

Stearns Weaver Miller Professor
Contact Information

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

Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law. She specializes in the legal history of reproduction, the family, sexuality, and the Constitution. 

Her most recent book, Abortion in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020, and received positive reviews in outlets from the Washington Post to the Christian Science Monitor. 

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, Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy, was published by Harvard University Press in 2018.

Her 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, CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, the New Republic, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, PBS, Politico, Time, and The Washington Post. She has chaired 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 is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History. 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.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press 2020)

Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Battle for Privacy (Harvard University Press 2018)

Introduction, in International Abortion Law: A Research Handbook (Mary Ziegler, editor) (Elgar) (forthcoming 2022)

Women’s Body, Women’s Right: Abortion Before Roe v. Wade, in The Cambridge History of Sexuality in the United States (Nicholas Syrett and Jen Manion, editors) (forthcoming 2022)

From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice, in The Oxford Handbook of Feminism Law in the United States (Deborah Brake, Martha Chamallas & Verna Williams, editors) (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2021)

Roe v. Wade and the Cultural Politics of Abortion, in The Companion to the Politics of American Health (Sophia A. Jones & Martin Halliwell, editors) (University of Edinburgh Press) (forthcoming 2021)

Comment: Young v. UPS, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Reproductive Justice (Kim Mutcherson, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2020)

Twentieth Century Legal History, in The History of the Twentieth-Century United States  (Routledge 2017)

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

A Provider’s Right to Choose: A Legal History, in Abortion in Transnational Perspective (Shannon Stetner et al, editors) (Palgrave-Macmillan  2017)

Abortion and the Law of Innocence, __ U. Ill. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020)

The Equality Wars, __ U. Colo. L. Rev.__ (forthcoming 2020)

Bad Effects: The Misuse of History in Box v. Planned Parenthood, 105 Cornell L.  Rev.  Online 165 (2020)

Earned Rights, 44 N.Y.U. J.L. & Soc. Change 261 (2020)

Men’s Reproductive Rights, 47 Pepp. L. Rev. 665 (2020)

Taming Unworkability Doctrine: Rethinking Stare Decisis, 50 Ariz. St. L.J. 1215 (2018)

What is Race?, 50 Conn. L. Rev. 279 (2018)

Beyond Balancing: Rethinking the Law of Embryo Disposition, 68 Am. U. L. Rev. 515 (2018)

Rethinking an Undue Burden: Whole Woman’s Health’s New Approach to Fundamental Rights, 85 Tenn. L. Rev. 461 (2018)

After Life: Governmental Interests and the New Antiabortion Incrementalism, 73 U. Miami L. Rev. 78 (2018)

The Jurisprudence of Uncertainty: Knowledge, Science, and Abortion, 2018 Wis. L. Rev. 317 (2018)

What is Sexual Orientation?, 106 Ky. L.J. 61 (2018)

Some Kind of Punishment: Penalizing Women for Abortion, 26 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 735 (2018)

The New Negative Rights: Abortion Funding and Constitutional Law After Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 96 Neb. L. Rev. 577 (2018)

Facing the Facts: The New Era of Abortion Conflict After Whole Woman’s Health, 52 Wake Forest L. Rev. 231 (2018)

Liberty and the Politics of Balance: The Undue-Burden Test After Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 52 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 421 (2017)

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

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