Eric Merriam, J.D.,LL.M.

Associate Professor

Legal Studies

Office: DPAC 430H

Phone: 407-823-1670


Professional Summary

Professor Merriam is an associate professor with a joint appointment to the Legal Studies Department and School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs. His research and teaching interests focus on national security law and constitutional law, focusing especially on constitutional issues associated with the military and military service. Professor Merriam also serves as an appellate military judge appointed to the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Before arriving at UCF, Professor Merriam was an assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, where he received the Outstanding Academy Educator Award for excellence in teaching. Prior to entering academia, Professor Merriam practiced law as an active duty judge advocate in the United States Air Force, and as an associate attorney at the international law firm K&L Gates LLP.


J.D., University of Virginia
LL.M., The George Washington University

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • National Security Law
  • Military Law

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • National Security Law
  • Legal History

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Thomas P. Keenan, Jr. Award, 2015, United States Air Force (“most outstanding contribution to the development of international and military operations law” in the United States Air Force)
  • Outstanding Academy Educator, United States Air Force Academy
  • Meritorious Service Medal (military service)
  • Joint Commendation Medal (military service)

Recent Publications

National Security Law (with Douglas B. McKechnie, West Academic, 2020)

Fire, Aim, Ready! Militarizing Animus: Unconstitutional “Unit Cohesion” and the Transgender Ban, 123 Dickinson (Penn St.) L. Rev. 57 (2018)

National Guard, in The Criminal Justice System, 2nd Ed. (Michael Hooper ed. 2017)

Academic Freedom in the “Guarded” Institution, 14 First Amend. L. Rev. 1 (2016) (with Douglas B. McKechnie)

In a Time of Total War:  The Federal Judiciary and National Defense, 1940-1954 (with Joshua E. Kastenberg; Ashgate Press, 2016)


Professional Organizations

Admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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