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Jacob Nelson

Ph.D. Candidate

San Diego, California


B.S. San Diego Christian College, Leadership & Justice, 2019

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2021

“Hillsdale’s Graduate School of Statesmanship recognizes that a complete understanding of politics requires knowledge of more than merely the modes of American government. It delves deeper into the subject to describe the ends of American government....why the nation’s institutions exist and...what they ought to strive to achieve.”


Jacob grew up in California where he also attended San Diego Christian College as a member of its Aletheia Honors Program. After graduating summa cum laude from the college with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Justice, he entered the graduate program at Hillsdale College.  

Research Interests

Religion in American Political Thought

The Rise of Secular Ideologies


Ancient Greek