Mercy Demenno
Research Assistant, Ph D Student

Mercy Berman DeMenno is a Senior Fellow with the Global Financial Markets Center at the Duke Law School and the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. 

Mercy’s research focuses on the politics of the regulatory policymaking process, at both the U.S. federal and international levels. Her current work explores cross-cutting regulatory governance issues (e.g., ex ante and ex post impact assessment, stakeholder participation in rulemaking, international regulatory cooperation) and financial regulatory issues (e.g., systemic risk, banking regulation, political economy of post-crisis regulatory reform). Mercy also advises on strategic planning, programming, and policy outreach efforts.

Mercy was previously a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow, a Rethinking Regulation Program Graduate Scholar, a Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Fellow, and a Graduate Affiliate of the Global Financial Markets Center. As a graduate student, she founded and led the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group, co-chaired the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council, and collaborated with scholars and policymakers on interdisciplinary research projects related to regulatory governance. Her dissertation, “The Politics of the Regulatory Policymaking Process: Three Essays on Governments, Markets, and Effective Regulatory Governance,” explores the causes and consequences of effective stakeholder participation in regulation, with a substantive focus on financial regulation.

Mercy’s professional risk and regulatory policy experience spans the state, federal, and international levels. Mercy completed a PhD in Public Policy/Political Science at Duke in 2018 and also holds an MA in Public Policy, an MBA, and a BA in Political Science.


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