I’m a graduate student focused on the history of law and technology (History of Science/Science Studies) at the University of California, San Diego. I also provide law and technology consulting services through Nelson Consulting. Finally, my blog, the Historocrat (formerly in propria persona), provides in-progress drafts of much of my ongoing work.
Currently, I am working on privacy and technology, especially in the 19th century; intellectual property, especially copyright; medicine, including vaccination and public health; scientific expertise; and civil rights, especially as related to the Internet and technology.
In 2009, I graduated from law school after studying in Seattle and San Francisco. Formerly, I was a systems analyst, systems administrator, and IT manager for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. I used to live in New Orleans (I started law school there first), but a certain hurricane chased me out. As a law student, I focused on intellectual property, disability and employment law, as well as search and seizure (i.e., privacy) issues.
I earned bachelors degrees in Comparative History of Ideas and Comparative Literature/Spanish from the University of Washington. As part of that, I spent a year studing translation at the University of Granada, Spain, and a semester studying French at the University of Toulouse in France.
In 2005, I began law school in New Orleans at Tulane University, then ended up studying for a semester at the University of Texas, Austin after Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, I restarted law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, spent a summer studying law at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and then finished my last year of law school at the University of Washington, in Seattle.
After law school, I moved to the University of California, San Diego, to begin my present PhD program in the history of science, focusing on the history of law and technology.
While an undergrad, I interned for now-defunct Washington Mutual in their IT department. I also spent several years as an academic advisor to students, then went to a small tech startup after I graduated. Since they refused to let me do tech work (they wanted me to process resumes instead…), I resigned and returned to work for the Pine® email team at the University of Washington.
After my year’s contract was up, I joined the Internet Services group in the Arnold Library at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I worked for nearly 10 years (including a stint telecommuting from across the country).
In law school I worked as a research assistant for Robin Feldman (IP and biotech), Jim Dempsey (Center for Democracy and Technology), and Robert Gomulkiewicz (IP and licensing history). I practiced law under the supervision of Claudia Center at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco (disability discrimination and employment). I also externed for a semester with Justice James Lambden at the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
Here in San Diego, I teach under a number of different professors, mostly in the history department as well as in the law and society program. Additionally, I have started a small consulting firm specializing in small-firm websites.