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.

My handout on how to read an social science article and prepare for a graduate seminar is available here.