Caleb Nelson, Emerson G. Spies Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia, and Claudia Nelson, Professor of English, Texas A&M University, have accepted invitations to join the Alexander Hamilton Institute. Caleb Nelson has consented to serve the AHI as an academic advisor; Claudia Nelson has consented to join the AHI as a Senior Fellow.
Caleb Nelson was graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1988. He received his J. D. from Yale University in 1993. He clerked on the United States Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas. He has won prizes for both teaching and scholarship. At the University Of Virginia School Of Law, Professor Nelson teaches courses in civil procedure, federal courts, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law. His essay “Preemption,” published in the Virginia Law Review in 2000, won the Scholarly Papers Competition of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2006, he received the Paul M. Bator Award from the national Federalist Society. In 2008, he received Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award.
In 2011, Caleb Nelson delivered the AHI’s Fourth Annual David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence. The lecture honors Caleb’s father, Judge David Aldrich Nelson, a graduate of Hamilton College and the Harvard Law School who served for decades as a distinguished federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals on the Sixth Circuit. Judge Nelson was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Alexander Hamilton Institute until his death in 2010.
Claudia Nelson received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, where she was graduated in 1980 cum laude and with honors in history. She received a Ph.D. in English Literature in 1989 from Indiana University. An expert in Victorian literature, Professor Nelson has published four books: Boys Will Be Girls: The Feminine Ethic and British Children’s Fiction, 1857-1917 (1991), Invisible Men: Fatherhood in Victorian Periodicals, 1850-1910 (1995), Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption in America, 1850-1929 (2003), Family Ties in Victorian England (2007). In 2003, the Children’s Literature Association recognized Little Strangers as the best scholarly book in the field of children’s studies.
From 2005-2009, Professor Nelson directed the Women’s Studies Program at Texas A&M. Her Precocious Children and Childish Adults: Age Inversion in Victorian Literature is forthcoming in 2012 from Johns Hopkins University Press.
“The Alexander Hamilton Institute could not be more pleased with these additions to the family,” commented AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette. “Judge David Aldrich Nelson played a vital role in the founding of the AHI. To have his son and daughter, distinguished in their own right, active in designing our future course is a both an honor and a blessing.”