Melissa K. Merry, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Director and Advisor



Melissa Merry is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Master of Public Administration Program.  She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington, with specializations in American Politics and Public Policy.  Before joining the faculty at University of Louisville, she spent one year as a Visiting Professor at Pacific Lutheran University.  Her research interests include environmental politics and policy, interest groups, and political communication.   Her scholarly articles have appeared (or are forthcoming) in American Politics Research, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and Review of Policy Research.

Honors and Awards

Southern Political Science Association's Arnold Vedlitz Award (2016)

Donald R. Matthews Fellow in American Politics, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, University of Washington (2002-2003)

Teaching Areas

Public policy
Environmental policy
American politics

Research Areas and Projects

Public policy
Political organizations and parties
Environmental politics
Information technology and politics
Political communication

Professional Memberships

Southern Political Science Association
American Political Science Association