PortraitI’m currently an Associate Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, where my research centers on faith and technology in American literature and contemporary culture. Before coming to UVA, I taught composition and literature classes at Harvard University and the United States Military Academy.

While teaching at West Point, I developed a profound interest in effective and inspiring writing pedagogy for first-year undergraduates, as well as in virtue ethics, character education, and the importance of language and empathy for a healthy society.

I received my BA in English and MA in Editorial Studies from Boston University, followed by a PhD in English from Harvard University. I invite you to read about my contributions to literary studies—especially relating to Samuel Beckett and Flannery O’Connor—and current projects, or to view a full list of publications (many with links) on my CV.


  1. Dear Dr. Nelson,

    I have read with interest some of your reviews/essays in places like First Things. I am interested in your current book project titled “Age of Miracles: Media and Metaphysics in Postwar American Fiction” and am a fan of many of the writers you will be discussing in that book. Any sense of when the book will be finished/published?


    Jeffrey Wald


  2. Hi Dr Nelson
    I just read your article in First things!! We would like to invite you for an air interview to talk about it.
    Some information about our station.

    We are a small Catholic non profit lay operated and bishop approved EWTN affiliate station located in the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama. We broadcast on 94.5 Fm and 1410 AM WNGL. Our show is LA Catholic Radio (LA is Lower Alabama). We are a talk radio show focusing on the intersection of faith and culture. Our emphasis is on modern society and thé faith. We are on the air from 7-8CST Monday -Friday.

    Our interviews are usually 15-20 minutes. We can work around schedules. Our Producer Mike Romano can work with your schedule for a convenient time. Mike’s email is on the cc line. He can also be reached at 251-928-2111. If possible could you please send us the best phone number to reach you?

    You can listen to our show on the Archangel app or from our website http://www.archangelradio.com

    Thank you for considering our invitation.
    By the way both my husband and son are West Point grads!!
    Thank you and God Bless
    Michele McAloon
    Archangel Radio


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