I’m a writer, researcher and independent historian based near Washington, D.C. I received my BA from New York University and earned my Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University. I’m currently a Senior Research Associate for Nina Gilden Seavey, director of the GWU Documentary Center, and the managing editor of Points, the blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.
My first book, Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America, was based off my dissertation. Since its publication, I’ve become a trusted commentator on America’s changing cannabis scene. I’ve appeared on CNN, the History Channel and NPR’s Back Story with the American History Guys, and my writing has been featured on TIME, CNN, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Washington Post.
I live in the People’s Republic of Takoma Park, Maryland, with my husband Dickson Mercer and our son Henry.