Nelson's research focuses on law and courts in the United States and abroad. Overarching themes in Nelson's writings include judicial power, judicial legitimacy, judicial elections, inequality, and party competition.
In the News
"The Kavanaugh Hearings Could Shape the Supreme Court — Even if He’s Not Confirmed," Michael Nelson, Monkey Cage, Analysis, The Washington Post, October 3, 2021.
Michael Nelson quoted on the issue of abortion rights of course being much broader than Texas by Amanda Hollis-Brusky, "Everyone Focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court. But State Supreme Courts Affect As Many Rights and Lives" The Washington Post, September 14, 2021.
"Biden Can’t Instruct the New U.S. Attorneys on How To Prosecute the Capitol Rioters. But They’ll Listen to His Signals.," Michael Nelson (with ), Monkey Cage Analysis, The Washington Post, February 1, 2021.
"These Two Arguments Make Americans Less Opposed to Court Packing," Michael Nelson (with ), Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, March 27, 2019.