Ashley Merryman

Award-winning journalist Ashley Merryman’s best-selling book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, with Po Bronson, explores the cutting edge research in child development and parenting; a book that has made its way to becoming one of the most influential best-sellers about children that has ever been published. Now, the bestselling duo has collaborated again on the new release Top Dog (February, 2013). This groundbreaking book unfolds the unacknowledged science of competition.

Top Dog reveals the hidden factors behind every sort of win and loss – from bringing home a Gold in Olympic swimming to bombing the SAT. Exploring the psychology of rankings, the neuroscience of mistakes, and the DNA of fearlessness, Top Dog’s filled with cutting-edge science told through stories of pilot flight training, NASCAR brawls, political try-outs, ballroom dancing, CIA spies, Wall Street, and so much more.

Prior to the new upcoming release, the acclaimed authors was noted on theNew York Times best-seller list for six months in a row with an inspiring book related to children parenting. As well as having been featured on more than 35 “Year’s Best” lists, NurtureShock reveals that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. After all, in a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, Merryman & Bronson demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring—because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

Together with Bronson, Merryman currently writes an online daily column for and has written on the science of child development forNewsweek, New York Magazine, TIME and the Guardian. Merryman’s journalism appeared in The Washington Post and The National Catholic Reporter. She has been a commentator on television and radio shows seen and heard around the nation. She has also served as a practicing litigation attorney and a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration.

Merryman lives in Los Angeles, where she has directed a small all-volunteer tutoring program for inner-city kids for 10 years; in that time, her program has helped over 800 children. For her civic involvement, she received commendations from both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

Merryman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a J.D. from the Georgetown University’s Law Center, and a Certificate in Irish Studies from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.