Ashton W. Merck,

Ashton W. 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

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.

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BAthe University of Georgia2012

United States and Canada
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Medicine, Science and Technology
Legal History
Areas of Interest:

Nuclear Culture
Modern America


Consumer protection • Ecological risk assessment • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (Food safety system) • Industries--Self-regulation • Poultry industry • Regulation • Risk Assessment • Risk perception • Social history • Social movements--United States--History--20th century