Ashton Merck

Ashton Merck


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20th Century United States



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

For the 2017-2018 year, I was a Graduate Fellow in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law. In spring 2019, I will be teaching a course, "The Modern Regulatory State," supported by a Bass Instructional Fellowship.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

William Nelson Cromwell Early Career Scholars Fellowship awarded by Cromwell Foundation (2018)

Graduate Fellowship awarded by Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Corporations and International Law (2017 to 2018)

Environmental Health Scholars Program awarded by Duke Department of Surgery (2017)

Spring 2019

The Modern Regulatory State (HISTORY 365D)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
The Modern Regulatory State (HISTORY 365D)
Old Chem 003, M 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
The Modern Regulatory State (HISTORY 365D)
Friedl Bdg 118, M 03:20 PM-04:10 PM