Leah M. Merrill

Instructor in History
Leah M. Merrill


M.A. Dartmouth College

B.A. Skidmore College


Ms. Merrill grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast and attended Exeter for four years as a day student. During this time she developed her passion for studying European history and, more specifically, the Holocaust. After college, Ms. Merrill worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Survivor Affairs. She worked closely with Holocaust survivors and the second generation, collected artifacts and oral histories, and contributed to traveling exhibits for the museum. As a graduate student, she continued to focus on Holocaust research and wrote an oral history documenting the impact of the Holocaust on survivors’ lives.

Ms. Merrill returned to the Academy to teach in 2000. She teaches Europe: 1900-1945 and Europe: 1945 to the Present, as well as the European history sequence (HIS 213, 214, 215) and The Medieval Worlds. She was awarded the Charles E. Ryberg Teaching Award in 2004.

In her free time Mrs. Merrill is an avid reader and loves to travel. She has studied abroad in Spain, England and Austria and enjoys traveling in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. She lives in Wells Kerr House with her husband and daughter.