Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Director, Campus Free Expression Project

Higher Ed

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Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill is director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Campus Free Expression Project. Prior to joining BPC, Merrill was the executive director of the Fund for Academic Renewal, a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). She assisted donors to colleges and universities with identifying collegiate programs that matched their philanthropic interests and structuring gift agreements to protect donor intent. Earlier in her career, Merrill served on the faculties of St. John’s College (Annapolis), known for its Great Books curriculum, and the College of William & Mary. She has also taught at Duke University, the University of Calgary, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and in the college program at Maryland’s only prison for women. Her articles and essays have appeared in venues including Society, Law & Liberty, and Philanthropy. Merrill is a trustee of the American Academy for Liberal Education, which accredits PreK-12 schools and higher education institutions that provide exceptional instruction in the liberal arts. She was a trustee and president of the Advocates for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership. Merrill earned her BA (First Class Honours) from the University of Calgary and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.