Mercy Demenno
Research Assistant, Ph D Student

Policy Interests: Regulatory Governance, Regulatory Policy Analysis, Financial Regulation

Dissertation: The Politics of the Regulatory Policymaking Process: Three Essays on Governments, Markets, and Effective Regulatory Governance

Bio: Mercy Berman DeMenno is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy, a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow, a Rethinking Regulation Program Graduate Scholar, and an Affiliate of Duke Law’s Global Financial Markets Center. Mercy’s research focuses on the politics of the regulatory policymaking process, at both the U.S. federal and international levels. Her research interests include regulatory institutional design, stakeholder participation in rulemaking, regulatory impact assessment, and business-government relations, with a substantive focus on financial regulation.  

While at Duke, Mercy has collaborated with scholars and policymakers on interdisciplinary research projects related to regulatory governance, founded and led the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group, co-chaired the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council, and served as a Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Fellow.

Before coming to Duke, Mercy worked as a policy analyst at Sandia National Laboratories, where she conducted complex systems modeling and regulatory policy analysis on behalf of federal agencies. She also has professional experience with state, federal, and international policymaking; policy and strategy consulting; and economic development. Mercy received a BA in Political Science, summa cum laude, in 2010, and an MBA, with a concentration in Policy and Planning and as class valedictorian, in 2011, both from the University of New Mexico.

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