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Adam Nelson

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Adam Nelson


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203 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/263-2629

anelson@education.wisc.edu

Personal Biography

Adam R. Nelson is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in History from Brown University. His publications include Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964 (2001); The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston’s Public Schools (2005); Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, co-edited with John L. Rudolph (2010); and The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, co-edited with Ian P. Wei (forthcoming, 2012). He is currently writing a book titled Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Scholarship, 1780-1830. His research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, the Advanced Studies Fellowship Program at Brown, and the Vilas Associate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He co-directs the “Ideas and Universities” project of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN; see http://www.wun.ac.uk/research/ideasanduniversities).



 

 

Research Interests

Professor Nelson is an historian of education. His research has examined the history of higher education in the United States and abroad, the history of radical and experimental education, and the history of federal policy in U.S. education. He mentors graduate students in all fields of the history of education.

Publications

  • Nelson, A.R., & Wei, I.P. (2012). The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. In Nelson, A. and Ian P. Wei (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nelson, A.R., & Rudolph, J.L. (2010). Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America. In A. R. Nelson & J. L. Rudolph (Eds.), Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2005). The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston’s Public Schools, 1950-1985. University of Chicago Press.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2001). Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964. University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Nelson, A.R. Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Scholarship, 1770-1830. Manuscript in preparation. (forthcoming).
  • Nelson, A.R. (in press). Institutionalizing Agricultural Research in the Early American Republic: An International Perspective, c. 1785-1815. The Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education, 1820-1920. (forthcoming).
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