At Bennett Midland, Merrit conducts research and analysis for the E Pluribus Unum Fund—a new organization founded by former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu to address race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence in the U.S. South. She also supports the Mayors Migration Council in their efforts to help cities meet the needs of migrants and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Bennett Midland, Merrit developed new methods to study race, equity, and space in cities as a Research Associate for the Public Space Research Group and a Fellow at the New Media Lab in New York City. She was part of the team that created the “Toolkit for the Ethnographic Study of Space,” a guide for practitioners to better understand everyday life in public spaces through mapping, participant observation, and interviews with community members. She has a background in education, having served as an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College and a coordinator for the IHP School for International Training. In addition, she led economic opportunity efforts with Mississippi residents living in affordable housing through the organization Springboard to Opportunities. Merrit holds a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Millsaps College and an MA in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center.