Richard L Merritt
(August 8, 1933 - November 19, 2005)

RICHARD L. MERRITT: Biographical Sketch

Richard L. Merritt, Ph.D., is Emeritus Research Professor in Communications and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born in 1933 in Portland, Oregon, he studied at the University of Southern California (Phi Beta Kappa), The University of Virginia, Free University of Berlin, and Yale University, where he received the doctorate in 1962.
Mr. Merritt has taught at Yale University and, since 1967, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Department Head, 1978-84). In 1976 he was Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin, where he had earlier (1966-67) been Fulbright Research Professor; in 1979-81, Visiting Scholar at the International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Science Center Berlin; in 1991, Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa; and in 1992-93 Fulbright Research Professor at the Humboldt University of (eastern) Berlin. He has lectured at major universities and government institutions on five continents.

Mr. Merritt has served as vice-president of both the International Studies Association (1979-80) and International Political Science Association (1979-82), and as president of the ISA/Midwest (1984-85) and the Conference Group on German Politics (1986-88). He organized the annual meetings of The American Political Science Association (1970) and International Studies Association (1973) as well as the triennial world congress in Moscow of the International Political Science Association (1979). He co-organized the interuniversity Data Development for International Research (DDIR) group. He edited IPSA's book series and has been on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has consulted for the United Nations and for government agencies and educational institutions in both the United States and West Germany. In 1975 he received the Wakefield Award for Outstanding Political Achievement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been listed in Who's Who in America (42d ed. et seq.) and other directories.

Among his research interests are international communication and politics, pursued with the aid of quantitative data. His authored and edited books on international communication include Symbols of American Community (1966), Communication in International Politics (1972), Communication and Interaction in Global Politics (1987), and Science, Politics, and International Conferences (1989). Books written or edited on quantitative international politics include Comparing Nations (1966), Systematic Approaches to Comparative Politics (1970), From National Development to Global Community (1981), and Theory and Management of International Event Data (1992). Books written or edited on postwar Germany include France, Germany and the Western Alliance (1967), Public Opinion in Occupied Germany (1970), West Germany Enters the Seventies (1971), Public Opinion in Semisovereign Germany (1980), Living with the Wall (1985), and Berlin Between Two Worlds (1986). In 1995 Yale University Press published his Democracy Imposed: U.S. Occupation Policy and the German Public, 1945-1949. He has contributed more than 100 articles and 50 reviews in scholarly journals and books. He is currently completing books on international mail flows and on political disintegration and integration in postwar Berlin.

Richard L. Merritt is Professor of Political Science and Research Professor in Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on international political communication, with special attention to processes of large-scale community formation, transactions, and public opinion. He has dealt particularly with postwar German politics and Berlin’s focus in international politics. Among the books he has written or edited are Symbols of American Community (1966), Comparing Nations (1966), Systematic Approaches to Comparative Politics (1970), Communication in International Politics (1972), International Event-Data Developments (1933), and, with Anna J. Merritt, Public Opinion in Occupied Germany (1970), Germany Enters the Seventies (1971), Public Opinion in Semisovereign Germany (1980), and Living with the Wall: West Berlin, 1961-1985 (1985). In 1995 Yale University Press published his Democracy Imposed: U.S. Occupation Policy and the German Public, 1945-1949. He has also published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Professor Merritt has lectured widely on five continents; and consulted for governmental institutions in the United States and Germany and for the United Nations. He has served as vice-president of the International Studies Association and International Political Science Association, and president of the Conference Group on German Politics.

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