Jesse Merriam

Dr. Jesse Merriam

Associate Professor of Government; Pre-Law Advisor, Patrick Henry College

Dr. Jesse Merriam has a Ph.D. in judicial politics and legal theory from Johns Hopkins University, a separate M.A. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.  
Dr. Merriam is an associate professor of Government at Patrick Henry College, where he is the pre-law advisor and teaches courses in constitutional law, legal theory, and logic. Before coming to Patrick Henry College, he served for six years as an assistant professor of political science and the pre-law advisor at Loyola University Maryland. He also worked as an appellate litigator at a D.C. constitutional law firm and as a research associate at the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.
He has published over a dozen academic articles in top law-review and peer-reviewed journals, covering such diverse topics as legal conservatism, originalism, the rule of law, church-state relations, and the civil rights regime.  Dr. Merriam has also published over 30 online articles, appearing in such places as Law and LibertyThe American MindNational Review OnlineThe American Conservative, and Claremont Review of Books.
In 2019-2020, Dr. Merriam was selected to be the Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought at the Heritage Foundation's B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He is currently a research fellow at the Claremont Institute's Center for the American Way of Life.
Dr. Merriam lives in a 1750s stone farmhouse in a rural part of Frederick County, Maryland with his wife and their five children. 


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