Timothy Nelson is the co-author, with Kathryn Edin, of Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City, published by the University of California Press. Based on interviews with 110 low-income black and white fathers, it was called “an essential book” by the Washington Post.
Tim’s prior research has focused on African American religion and congregational studies. He is the author of Every Time I Feel the Spirit: Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Congregation, published by NYU Press. A Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, he is the author of numerous articles on low-income fathers.
Tim’s current project, The Injustice of Place, written with Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, was published by Mariner Books in 2023,