The Department of Government
The Department of Government

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, 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, and the 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 Program (J.D./Ph.D.) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. His first field of study is public law, and his second field is political methodology. He is a Minority Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Dean’s Presidential Scholar in the University of Texas School of Law. He serves as a member of the American Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession and as a co-organizer of the University of Texas Graduate Conference in Public Law.

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  • Department of Government

    The University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st ST STOP A1800
    Batts Hall 2.116
    Austin, TX 78712-1704
    512-471-5121