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Eli Merritt

Visiting Scholar

Eli Merritt, M.D., M.A., is a Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt completing a history of the founding period entitled Disunion Among Ourselves: How North-South Compromise Saved the American Revolution. He completed his B.A. in History at Yale; M.A. in Ethics at Yale, M.D. at Case Western Reserve; internship in internal medicine at the Lahey Clinic; and psychiatry residency at Stanford. Previously he served as President of the San Francisco Psychiatric Society and as a member of the Clinical Faculty at Stanford and the Ethics Committee at Stanford.

In the field of American History Merritt has published “Sectional Conflict and Secret Compromise: The Mississippi River Question and the United States Constitution” in the American Journal of Legal History; “The Mississippi Navigation Crisis” in the Encyclopedia of North Carolina; “Thomas Jefferson in a Different Light” as a letter to The New York Times. He additionally edited and compiled Selected Documents from the Spanish Archives Relating to Spanish-American Relations During the 1780's, housed at Yale Sterling Memorial Library.

Merritt has received numerous grants and fellowships in history and medicine, 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. He also is the recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award from Case Western Reserve and the Gulevich Humanistic Medicine Award from Stanford.