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Dr. Nathan C. Walker is an award-winning instructor of First Amendment and human rights law at Rutgers University-Camden, where he serves as a Lecturer II and Honors College Faculty Fellow.

Areas of Expertise

  • First Amendment & Human Rights: Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition; human right to freedom of religion or belief;
  • Religious Studies: Religious literacy, religious pluralism, American religions, religion and democracy, world religions;
  • Equal Protection & Civil Liberties: Marriage, privacy law, freedom from identity-based discrimination;
  • Education Law: K-12 student and teacher rights; curricula, books, libraries; higher education finance; and
  • Technology: AI Ethics & Law, EdTech, values alignment, privacy, policy, content moderation, social justice, online education, social learning communities, web and mobile app design.

Rutgers Awards

  • 2024 Chancellor’s Grant for Pedagogical Innovation, Honors College Faculty Fellow
  • 2024 Excellence in Online Teaching Award, Course Design
  • 2022 Public Humanities Fellow
  • 2022 Extraordinary Teaching Award
  • 2022 Interfaith America Campus Curriculum Grant
  • 2021 Provost’s Grant for Course Development, Honors College Faculty Fellow

Research Appointments

  • In May 2024, Dr. Walker will serve as a short-term visiting researcher at Oxford University.
  • Dr. Walker served as a resident research fellow in law and religion at Harvard University.

Education

  • He received his Doctor of Education degree in First Amendment law from Columbia University, where he also received a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration with a focus on education technology and a Master of Education degree in higher education policy with a focus on student financial aid.
  • He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
  • He became a certified public school teacher in communications and performing arts after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College.

Certifications

  • AI Strategy and Governance, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Artificial Intelligence: Ethics & Societal Challenges, Lund University, Sweden
  • Ethics of AI, London School of Economics, London, UK
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  • Generative AI: Impact, Considerations, and Ethical Issues, IBM, New York
  • Generative AI for Everyone, DeepLearning.AI, California
  • Human Resources, Supervisory Certificate, Columbia University, New York
  • Teacher Certification in PreK–12 Communication and Performing Arts, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Personal

Nate enjoys learning American Sign Language, was raised in the Lake Tahoe area in Northern Nevada, and lives with his husband, Vikram Paralkar, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.