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Austin Nelson


MPPA, Baylor University; BA, Politics and Philosophy & Religious Studies, Hendrix College

Law and Government (JD/PhD) Student
Austin Nelson

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American constitutional law, American constitutional development, administrative law, judicial politics, law and social science, legal history, philosophy of law

Biography


Austin Nelson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government and a J.D. student in the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include American constitutional law, American constitutional development, administrative law, judicial politics, law and social science, legal history, and philosophy of law.

Nelson is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2015, he graduated from Hendrix College, where he was a National Merit Scholar, a National Hispanic Scholar, and an Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude in politics with distinction and in philosophy and religious studies with distinction and received three departmental awards: the W.C. Buthman Prize in Politics, the Dr. John A. Ziegler Law Award, and the Robert G. Shoemaker Award in Philosophy. He also won the Arkansas Political Science Association’s award for his senior thesis on race-conscious redistricting. In 2017, Nelson graduated from Baylor University. He earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.) and received the Department of Political Science’s Richard D. Huff Award for a distinguished master’s student.

Nelson entered the Law and Government (J.D./Ph.D.) Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. His primary field of study is public law. Nelson is a 2020–2021 Dan Searle Fellow of the Institute for Humane Studies, a 2018–2019 Minority Fellow of the American Political Science Association, and a Dean’s Presidential Scholar at the University of Texas School of Law. He currently serves as co-organizer of the University of Texas Graduate Conference in Public Law and submissions editor of the Texas Review of Law & Politics. He previously served as co-chairman of the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession, an articles editor of the Texas Law Review, and manuscripts editor of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

Nelson’s work has appeared in the Texas Law Review and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

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