Michael J. Nelson



I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, judicial politics, and quantitative political methodology. I have also taught the political science department's professionalization sequence for Ph.D. students. As an instructor, I try to equip my students with the tools necessary to move from a consumer to a producer of knowledge whether that come in the form of a classroom discussion, a statistical analysis, or a peer-reviewed publication. To that end, I am an active mentor, working with undergraduate students on senior theses and with graduate students as an advisor and collaborator.