Professor Merriam is in the process of completing his Ph.D. dissertation, on legal consistency and the rule of law, in the Political Science Department at Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively in law-review and peer-reviewed journals, covering various areas of constitutional law and theory. In 2012, he completed his M.A. in both the Hopkins’ Philosophy and Political Science Departments. Before coming to Hopkins, he received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He has worked as a litigator at the Center for Constitutional Litigation. P.C. and as a researcher in religion and law for the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. He also has taught First Amendment Law at Johns Hopkins University and Constitutional Law at New York University.