Monday, September 27, 2004 - "The Politics of Presidential Debates"
Michael Nelson is professor of political science at Rhodes College. He has published twenty books on the presidency, elections, the bureaucracy, public policy, and higher education. He has written nearly two hundred articles on a wide range of political, religious, literary, and cultural topics for scholarly journals and other periodicals. Nelson won the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Vanderbilt University, where he taught as a tenured professor for twelve years. Two of his books have won the Benjamin Franklin Award, one in the category of history, politics, and philosophy and the other in the reference book category. In addition to his articles on political topics, Nelson has written articles about Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra, Garrison Keillor, C. S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Stephen L. Carter, Ward Just, the Iliad, liberal education, baseball, and music. He is a former writer-editor of the Washington Monthly. Nelson earned his B.A. at the College of William and Mary and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.