Department Chair, Government
Department of Government
Additional Positions at AUAcademic Director, The Campaign Management Institute
Director, MA in Political Communication
- Candice J. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Academic Director of the Campaign Management Institute. She is an expert on presidential and congressional elections, and also studies voting behavior, campaign finance, and campaign finance reform. Her most recent book is Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections: 1968-2008 (Brookings Institution Press, 2011).
DegreesPhD Univesity of California at Berkeley
MA University of California, Los Angeles
BA Wheaton College
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Congressional and Presidential Elections, Campaign Finance, Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Behavior
Work In Progress
- Campaigns and Elections American Style, 3rd ed. (with James Thurber), Westview Press, 2009
- Vital Signs: The Health of American Campaigning (with David Dulio), The Brookings Institution, 2005
- Campaigns and Elections American Style , ed. (with James Thurber), Westview Press, 2004
- Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics , ed. (with David Dulio and Stephen Medvic), Brookings, 2002
- Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections , ed. (with James Thurber), Brookings, 2000
- Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections , ed. (with James Thurber and David Dulio), Brookings2000
- The Myth of the Independent Voter (with Keith et. al.), University of California Press, 1992
- The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform (with David Magleby), Brookings, 1990
Area of Expertise: Congress, congressional elections, presidential elections, campaign finance and campaign finance reform, voting behavior, interest groups, political party identification, political action committees
Additional Information: Candice Nelson is the academic director of AU's Campaign Management Institute (CMI). For more than two decades CMI has served as a nationally recognized program designed to train individuals for participation in local, state, and federal political campaigns. Developed and taught by strategists from the Republican and Democratic parties, national campaign consultants, and political scientists, the intensive two-week program serves as a valuable foundation for political activists and campaign managers. Nelson also served as a special assistant to former Senate Majority Whip Alan Cranston and as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. An industry expert in campaign finance reform, she is coauthor of The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform; The Myth of the Independent Voter; and Vital Signs: Perspectives on the Health of American Campaigning. Nelson is also coeditor of Campaigns and Elections American Style; Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections; and Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections, as well as numerous other articles and books.
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