Graduate Student, Steven Morgan, and Professor Michael Nelson Present Their Collaborative Research at Harvard Law School

Graduate Student, Steven Morgan, and Professor Michael Nelson Present Their Collaborative Research at Harvard Law School

Steven Morgan, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Social Data Analytics, presented "Do Elected Judges Write Better Opinions?" a paper coauthored with Professor Michael Nelson, at Harvard Law School's Caselaw Access Project Summit on June 21, 2019. Morgan and Nelson's paper analyzes the content of state supreme court opinions since the founding to assess how judicial elections affect how judges craft their opinions.

 Morgan, who just completed his third year in the graduate program, is interested in political communication and the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S.  His research uses text data and machine learning applied to the study of political behavior.

 Michael Nelson is the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, and Associate Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics.  His research focuses on public support for courts by examining both the effects of judicial elections on the choices justices make and by studying public opinion toward judicial institutions. 

 The Caselaw Access Project makes all U.S. case law freely available, in a consistent, digital format.  You can learn more about this innovative project here.