Ashton Merck

I am a historian of the modern United States who studies the intersection of law, business, politics, and public health. My dissertation analyzes the evolving scientific, technical, and legal challenges in food safety and international trade over the past half-century. My research agenda is also deeply informed by an interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary research; in the past, I have pursued projects with legal scholars and environmental scientists. My primary advisor is Professor Edward Balleisen; I also work closely with Professor Margaret Humphreys

In spring 2019, I taught "The Modern Regulatory State," which was supported by a Bass Instructional Fellowship.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a John E. Rovensky Fellow in U.S. Business and Economic History, as well as the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History Intern at the David M. Rubenstein Special Collections & Manuscripts Library.

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