Teacher, writer, dad, and former network engineer, Scott Reynolds Nelson is the Georgia Athletics Association Professor of History at the the University of Georgia. The author of five books, Scott's research has been discussed on NPR's Weekend Edition, With Good Reason, and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, the Chronicle of High Education, and many others.

His Chronicle article on the Panic of 1873, a historical analysis of the 2008 financial crisis, went viral in that year. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it was reprinted in newspapers from Greece to Hong Kong.

Scott's books have won numerous prizes including the Curti Prize for best book in US social and cultural history, the National Award for Fine Arts, and the Anisfield-Wolf Prize for best nonfiction book about the African-American experience. His books have been listed in Best New Books for the Classroom in 2008, Publishers Weekly's "2008 Best Books of the Year," Booklist's "Top 10 Black History Books for Youth," Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best for 2008," and on other "best" lists.

He has appeared on How the States Got Their Shapes, Presidential Prophecies, and American Titans.

His latest book, a history of American financial panics and their relationship to international finance, is called A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Crises. It was published in 2012 and was named one of the best business books of that year by Business Week.