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Adam Nelson

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Adam Nelson

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Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

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

adam.nelson@.wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Adam R. Nelson is Vilas Distinguished Achievement 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 (2012). He is currently writing a pair of books titled Capital of Mind: The Making of an American Knowledge Economy, 1730-1830 and Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and American Science, 1780-1830. His research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Antiquarian Society, 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 served as President of the History of Education Society and co-directs the annual University of Wisconsin-Peking University Workshop on Higher Education.


Education

Ph D, History
Brown University
Providence, RI

MA, History
Brown University
Providence, RI

BA, History, Magna cum laude
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN


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. HES Presidential Address: Citizens or Cosmopolitans? Constructing Scientific Identity in the Early American College. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 57(2), 184 - 259.
  • Nelson, A.R., & Strohl, N.M. From Helping the Poor to Helping the Middle Class: The Convergence of Federal K-12 and Higher Education Funding Policy Since 1965. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Harvard Education Press.
  • Nelson, A.R., & Wei, I.P. (2012). The Global University: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives. In Nelson, A. and Ian P. Wei (Eds.), Bristol, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2012). Woodrow Wilson on Liberal Education for Statesmanship. In John Cooper and James Axtell (Eds.), The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation, (pp. 49-73). University of Virginia Press.
  • 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.
    Abstract: part of the series “Print Culture History in Modern America”
  • Nelson, A.R. (2007). The Federal Role in American Education: An Historiographical Essay. In William J. Reese and John Rury (Eds.), Rethinking the History of American Education, (pp. 261-280). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2007). “Rodriguez, Keyes, Lau, and Milliken Revisited: The Supreme Court and the Meaning of ‘Equal Educational Opportunity,’ 1973-1974. In Carl F. Kaestle and Alyssa Lodewick (Eds.), To Educate a Nation: Federal and National Strategies of School Reform, (pp. 202-224). University Press of Kansas.
  • 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.
    Abstract: part of the series “Historical Studies of Urban America”
  • Nelson, A.R. (2005). Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the American Scholar in the Nineteenth Century: Thoughts on the Career of William Dwight Whitney. The New England Quarterly. 78(3), 339-374.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2001). Education and Democracy: The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964. University of Wisconsin Press.

Presentations

  • Nelson, A.R. (2020). The Invention of Liberal Education in America, c. 1910-1950, Liberal Education: An Intercultural Dialogue Between China and the West, Peking University and Chen Yidan Foundation, Beijing, China.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2019). Tariffs on Textbooks: American Scholars and the International Political Economy of Knowledge, 1816 - 1826, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Zheijiang University (Hangzhou), and South China Normal University (Guangzhou), China.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2018). Capital of Mind: The United States in a Global Knowledge Economy, c 1730-1830, St. John College, Oxford University, UK.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2018). The Sciences Are Carried on Here as a Trade": American Students, German Universities, and the Emergence of a Modern Knowledge Economy, 1815-1825, Nineteenth Century U.S. History Workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2017). Importing Ideas, c. 1789-1795, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2017). Science, Education, and Trade: New Directions in the History of Ideas, Department of History, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2017). Wold War II, the Cold War, and the Military-Industrial-University Complex in the United States, Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2014). Universities 2030: Learning form the Past to Anticipate the Future, Global Higher Education and Research Project, Association of General Managers, Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Nelson, A.R. (2013). An Episode in Liberal Education: Alexander Meiklejohn and the Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin, 1927-1933, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Nelson, A.R., Presenter Only, Osterwalder, K., Presenter Only, Kontler, L., Presenter Only, Bruch, R.v., Presenter Only, Verger, J., Presenter Only, Kintzinger, M., Presenter Only, Pickstone, J., Presenter Only, & Stobiecki, R., Presenter Only (2013). Empire of Knowledge: Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Origins of the American University, 1780-1830, "History of Universities" series, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2018 - 2019
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2015
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: $35,000 (Requested one-semester fellowship, Spring 2012,
    $17, 500)
    Date(s): 2011 - 2012
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: $40,000
    Date(s): 2008 - 2009
  • Other
    Organization: Spencer Foundation
    Description: $38,937
    Date(s): 2008 - 2009
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: $65,260
    Date(s): 2007 - 2009
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: $50,000
    Date(s): 2002 - 2005
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: $50,000
    Date(s): 2002 - 2003
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2020
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2017
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