April Merleaux

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Kellogg House


B.A. Reed College (1995)
M.S. Tufts University (2002)
M.Phil. Yale University, American Studies (2007)
Ph.D. Yale University, American Studies (2010)

Areas of Expertise

food, agriculture, and the environment

domestic and international policy

cultural studies

capitalism, race, and empire

drug history and policy

Scholarship/Creative Work


Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Winner of the 2016 Myrna F. Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


“Drugs, Empire, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Companion to U.S. Foreign Policy, Colonial Era to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, Forthcoming, August 2019).

“Forum: World War I and the Origins of the Modern Food System,” Global Food History 5, no. 3 (Forthcoming, Fall 2019).

“Sugar, Surveillance, and Citizenship: The Global Crisis of 1919-1920 in Buenos Aires and New York,” Global Food History 2, no. 1 (Spring 2016).

“Sweetness, Power, and Forgotten Food Histories in America’s Empire,” Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 12, no. 1-2 (Spring 2015).

“Sugar Trust,” “Sugar, Unrefined,” and “Legislation, Historical,” in The Oxford Companion to Sweets, edited by Darra Goldstein. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“The Political Culture of Sugar Tariffs: Immigration, Race, and Empire, 1898-1930,” International Labor and Working Class History Journal 81 (Spring 2012).