About

I received my Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University in May 2014. My dissertation, “Just Say Know: How the Parent Movement Shaped America’s Modern War on Drugs, 1970-2000,” was completed under the advisement of Professor Leo Ribuffo.

I joined the department in 2008 after graduating magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School and serving with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa, from January 2007 to March of 2008.

My writing has appeared in the Journal of Popular CultureThe AtlanticPoints: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History SocietyHistory News Networkand Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal. I use this site to link to my work, as well as to post periodic blog updates about illegal drug use in the United States, the effects of digitalization on news and academic writing, and anything else that seems worth thinking about at the time.

Since beginning research on my dissertation, I have become a nationally-recognized expert on the parent movement and America’s long, strange relationship with marijuana. I have been interviewed on NPR, and I presented on a roundtable with Keith Stroup, the founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), at NORML’s annual conference in 2012. I’ve been interviewed on Instant Response Team, I’ve spoken to the Washington Post, and I’ve presented my work at numerous academic conferences.

I’m available for lectures, discussions or interviews about the history of America’s marijuana laws; feel free to contact me at my email address below.

I’m currently an ACLS Public Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected investigative journalism organizations, where I’m serving as an Engagement Analyst. I’m also continuing to work on turning my dissertation into a commercial book.

I live in Washington, DC, with my husband Dickson Mercer, and our dog Bruno. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter, or email me at: emily.dufton@gmail.com.

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