Ashton Merck is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Duke University whose dissertation analyzes the evolving scientific, technical, and legal challenges in food safety and international trade over the past half-century. Her work investigates the development of transnational, private, and global standards in food safety, and examines the role of multinational agribusiness firms in shaping both domestic and foreign policies regarding trade and commerce. Drawing on recent scholarship in business history, risk regulation, and regulatory governance, Merck’s research agenda is also deeply informed by related collaborations with legal scholars, environmental scientists, and historians of public health.  For the 2017-2018 year, Ashton is a Graduate Fellow with the Seminar on Corporations and International Law at Duke University.