Professor Michael Nelson Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation

Professor Michael Nelson Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation

Michael Nelson, the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Susan D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science, and his collaborator, Amanda Driscoll, Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University, were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to support their cross-national investigation of citizens' attitudes toward politicians who seek to change or disable the court system.

The NSF support will be used to gather data on citizens' attitudes using an experiment embedded in a survey, and to fund undergraduate and graduate research assistants.  

The authors' research is directly relevant to current policy debates.  "In the past year, we've seen an incredible amount of interest from politicians in making structural changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, like expanding the number of justices on the Court," Nelson said.  "I'm excited to work with undergraduate and graduate students at PSU to find out why these proposals have attracted so much interest right now, both in the U.S. and abroad."

 The authors discussed an initial investigation of U.S. citizens' support for expanding the size of the federal courts in a March 29, 2019 article in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.