While earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington (1997), Dr. Wagoner received many fellowships, scholarships, and grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship at the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, American Indian Studies Research Institute, and the American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Studies. She received her A.B. in anthropology cum laude with high departmental honors from Smith College, and an A.A. in modern language from Sheridan College in Wyoming.
Professor Wagoner as published several works, most recently They Treated Us Just Like Indians was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2002. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award for 2003 from Sheridan College. In 1993, she received a Lieber Associate Instructor Award for Outstanding Teaching at Indiana University, Bloomington. Serving as a peer reviewer for American Ethnologist and Law and Social Inquiry, she has also reviewed numerous books and presented twenty papers at professional conferences. Her specializations are in American Indian ethnohistory, colonial processes, anthropology of law, 19th and 20th century Great Plains ethnohistory, among others. Professor Wagoner also has research interests in cultural pluralism, U.S. treaties with American Indian groups, and cultural connections to place, and land tenure policies in the Americas. Her sabbatical research examines community attitudes surrounding the decommissioning of a chemical weapons depot in Hermiston, Oregon, as well as the actual and perceived environmental impacts of incinerating stockpiled sarin, VX and VG nerve agents, and mustard blister agent.
She holds memberships with the American Anthropological Association, Society for Cultural Anthropology, Law & Society Association, Central States Anthropological Association, the Society for the Anthropology of North America, and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.
Before coming to Juniata, Professor Wagoner lectured at Oglala Lakota College in Martin, South Dakota while completing her dissertation fieldwork.