Deborah J Merritt

Deborah J Merritt

Deborah J Merritt

John Deaver Drinko-Baker and Hostetler Chair of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Equality
  • Affirmative Action
  • Federalism
  • Health and Technology
  • Legal Education
  • Public Policy
  • Tort Reform


  • B.A. Harvard University, 1977
  • J.D. Columbia University, 1980

Deborah Jones Merritt (J.D. Columbia University, 1980) is the John Deaver Drinko-Baker and Hostetler Chair of Law; Courtesy Professor of Sociology; Courtesy Professor of Public Policy and Management, and Associate Faculty Member in Women's Studies

Professor Jones Merritt has published widely on issues of equality, affirmative action, federalism, health and technology, legal education, tort reform, and law and social science.Her work has focused on public policy issues, and she has made numerous presentations to judges, legislators, and other policymakers. She has also co-taught courses in Europe with both Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

From 2000-2005, Merritt directed the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. Her recent publications include the 2009 book Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom (co-authored with Ric Simmons, West Publishing).

Image taken from Dr. Jones Merritt's, Mortiz Law at OSU website.