20th Century United States
Ashton Merck is a third-year PhD student in the History Department at Duke University. She specializes in the history of public health, social history, and transatlantic political economy. Her research broadly explores the regulation and perception of risk from a historical perspective, which has included nuclear power, hydraulic fracturing, and food safety. Her dissertation examines regulatory tradeoffs in food safety and international trade over the course of the twentieth century.