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North Carolina State University
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Food safety, Food inspection, Consumer protection, Trade, Administrative Law, Business History, Legal History, Regulation
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About Me

Ashton Merck is a historian of law, business, and policy whose research focuses on how societies define and regulate uncertain risks. Her dissertation analyzed the evolution of self-regulation in food safety over the last half of the twentieth century, using a case study of the American poultry industry.

Merck’s research agenda has been shaped by a series of interdisciplinary research collaborations. While in graduate school, Merck worked with social scientists, natural scientists, and lawyers on a variety of projects at the nexus of business, public policy, and health and safety risks.

Currently, Merck is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, where she collaborates with other risk scientists to address issues in responsible innovation and emerging technologies in agriculture.

Recent Publications
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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Food History, Government, Higher Ed, Law, Politics, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Technology