Michael J. Nelson



I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, public law, and quantitative political methodology. 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.
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    • Quantitative Political Analysis (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
    • First Year Seminar in Political Science (Fall 2015)
    • Race, Sex, and Justice: The U.S. Supreme Court and Equality (Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
    • Judicial Behavior (Spring 2016)
    • Proseminar in American Politics [Graduate] (Fall 2014, Fall 2016)
    • Seminar in State Politics [Graduate] (Fall 2017)
    • Professional Norms in Political Science [Graduate] (AY 2017-18)
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    • American Politics (Spring 2012)
    • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Joint with Alicia Uribe) (Spring 2013)
    • Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions (Winter 2014)