Nathaniel is a legal historian of the United States in the long 19th century. His research concerns the tradition of compulsory public service in American governance, and how the decline of the “conscription state” shaped the trajectory of state and local government law, private law, and the administrative state.
Nathaniel earned his JD at Yale Law School, where his scholarship won the Joseph Parker Prize for the best paper on legal history (twice), as well as the Judge William E. Miller Prize for the best paper on the Bill of Rights and the Quintin Johnston’s Prize in Real Property Law. He also clerked for the Hon. Rowan D. Wilson of the New York Court of Appeals.