History & Politics

Eli Merritt began Disunion Among Ourselves as an independent scholar in San Francisco and is now completing the book as a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is a physician trained at Case Western and Stanford who has published in his area of medical speciality, psychiatry, as well as in early American history, a second area of expertise. He has written for The New York Times, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Nashville Tennessean, San Francisco Medicine Magazine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The American Journal of Legal History.

Merritt majored in history at Yale College, graduating with Distinctions in the Major, and went on to publish an influential article that is a precursor of Disunion Among Ourselves. The article, “Sectional Conflict and Secret Compromise: The Mississippi River Question and the United States Constitution” (American Journal of Legal History), has been widely cited. Specifically in history, Merritt has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Virginia Historical Society’s Mellon Research Fellowship and the North Caroliniana Society’s Archie K. Davis Fellowship as well as twice-awarded grants for archival research in Madrid and Seville from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain and the United States. Other awards include the Humanism in Medicine Award from Case Western Reserve and the Gulevich Humanistic Medicine Award from Stanford.

Merritt has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Stanford and is currently a member of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. He additionally earned a Masters in Ethics from Yale.

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