Prof. Michael Nelson Publishes New Book on President Trump’s First Two Years

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Dr. Michael Nelson, a recognized Presidential scholar and the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes, has published Trump: The First Two Years (Miller Center Studies on the Presidency, January 2019). It provides a nonpartisan analysis of Donald Trump’s first two years as president, starting with his election and transition in 2016, as well as offers an up-to-date assessment of this still unfolding story.

The book is a sequel to Nelson’s Trump’s First Year published in 2018. According to Nelson, the purpose of his new book is not to argue that Trump is a good president or a bad president, but rather to assess his first two years in office in light of more than two centuries of presidential history.

Among the courses Nelson teaches at Rhodes is Political Science 340-The American Presidency. He also is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, which is a nonpartisan research center specializing in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. 

Trump: The First Two Years is available in paperback and e-book through the University of Virginia Press at