Michael J. Nelson


  Welcome! I'm the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University, and Affiliate Faculty at Penn State Law. I am also the Ph.D. Placement Director for Penn State's Political Science department.

I study and teach about political institutions, with particular attention to state judicial politics and public evaluations of judicial institutions in the United States and Latin America. My research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets including the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Law and Courts, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and the Vanderbilt Law Review.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Before going to graduate school, I received a B.A. in Politics and English with a concentration in Business Law from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.