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Emily Merchant

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Program in Science, Technology, and Society
    • Populations Studies Center
  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative
    • 20th C intellectual history of demography
  • About

    Global history of the social and human sciences in the twentieth century. My dissertation explores the history of demography in the twentieth century and its intersection with population politics.


    Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2013

    Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2012

    Dissertation Research Fellowship, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, 2012

    Library Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2012

    Grant-in-Aid for Research, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2012

    Bemis Grant for Dissertation Research, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2012

    Population Studies Center Initiatives Grant, University of Michigan, 2012


    From Indianapolis to the world: Fertility surveys in the twentieth century. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, New Orleans, LA, 2013

    The Princeton European Fertility Project in the postwar world. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Vancouver, BC, 2012

    From prediction to control: The logistic law of population growth and the cohort component population model in the interwar period. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science, Cleveland, OH, 2011


    Merchant, E.R., Gratton, B., & Gutmann, M.P. (2012). A sudden transition: Household changes for middle aged U.S. women in the twentieth century. Population Research and Policy Review, 31(5), 703-726.

    Gutmann, M.P., Pullum-Pinon, S.M., Witkowski, K., Deane, G.D., & Merchant, E.R. (2012). Land use and family formation in the settlement of the U.S. Great Plains. Social Science History, 36(3), 279-310.

    Gutmann, M.P., Deane, G.D., Merchant, E.R., & Sylvester, K.M. (2011). Introduction. In M.P. Gutmann, G.D. Deane, E.R. Merchant, & K.M. Sylvester (Eds.), Navigating Time and Space in Population Studies (pp. 1-17). New York: Springer.

  • Education
    • BA, History, Pomona College, 2001
    • MA, History, University of Michigan, 2005