April Merleaux is an Assistant Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy and Empire Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Before joining the Hampshire College faculty, she was an Associate Professor of History at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Her research and teaching focuses on the 20th century United States in international context. She teaches courses on foreign policy, food history, immigration history, environmental history, cultural history, and labor history.

Her first book, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015, is called Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness. It won the 2016 Myrna Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Her blog posts at the UNC Press Blog can be viewed here.

She is now researching the environmental history of the war on drugs.


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