Faculty Writing Assistant
Brian Merry is a Jersey Shore kid who spent his childhood in Wall Township playing sports and going to the beach. A lover of history since his youth, Merry majored in the subject at Loyola College in Maryland and minored in political science. After graduating from Loyola, he briefly flirted with a career in law before entering Monmouth University’s graduate program in history. As a graduate student at Monmouth, Merry specialized in European history and unexpectedly grew passionate for the works of Shakespeare after taking an elective course covering his plays. Merry’s newfound interest in English literature prompted him to enroll in Drew University’s Modern History and Literature Ph.D. program after completing his M.A. at Monmouth. In conjunction with the interdisciplinary nature of his graduate program, Merry specialized in English Renaissance literature and history at Drew. Since 2006, Merry has taught at Monmouth University, mainly in the History Department, but also in the English Department and Honors School. In January 2012, Merry defended his doctoral dissertation with distinction and began working as a Writing Assistant in the Monmouth University Writing Center. He received his Ph.D. from Drew University May 12, 2012. Merry currently lives in Manasquan, where he is still spending time at the beach and keeping active, especially on the ski slopes.