Ashton Merck,

Ashton 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

In spring 2019, I taught "The Modern Regulatory State," which was supported by a Bass Instructional Fellowship.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a John E. Rovensky Fellow in U.S. Business and Economic History, as well as the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History Intern at the David M. Rubenstein Special Collections & Manuscripts Library.

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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 • Food industry and trade--Safety measures • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (Food safety system) • Industries--Self-regulation • Law--History • Poultry industry • Public health--History • Regulation • Risk Assessment • Risk perception • Self-regulation • Social history • Social movements--United States--History--20th century