About Me

a picture of me 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.

Teaching

I have just finished being a TA for MMW 12 in Winter 2014. In Spring 2014, I will TA for Communications and the Law with Professor Robert Horwitz.

This summer I will be teaching my own class (HIUS 151) on United States legal history after 1865, with a focus on liberty and privacy (including civil rights). Currently, the class is scheduled for Summer I at UCSD, on Tuesday/Thursday 5:00pm-7:50pm in HSS 1138.

Research

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.

My story

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.

Education

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.

Work

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.

Today I work as a teaching assistant at UCSD and as a consultant at Nelson Consulting.