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Michael J. Nelson

Assistant Professor, Political Science and Affiliate Law Faculty


Ph.D., Washington University
B.A., Drake University

Michael Nelson, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Law Faculty, specializes in American politics, state politics, and judicial politics. His research examines the effects of judicial elections on the development of the law as well as the determinants and effects of public support for state and federal courts in the United States. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Political Science and English from Drake University. His research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law and Courts, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Judicature.