- Additional Positions at AU
- Academic Director, The Campaign Management Institute
- Director, MA in Political Communication
- PhD Univesity of California at Berkeley MA University of California, Los Angeles BA Wheaton College
- 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 Campaigns and Elections American Style, 5th ed. (with James A. Thurber).
Congressional and Presidential Elections, Campaign Finance, Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Behavior
Campaigns and Elections American Style, 5th ed. (with James A. Thurber), Routledge Press, 2018
Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968-2008, Brookings Institution Press, 2011
Campaigns and Elections American Style, 5th ed. (with James A. Thurber), Routlege Press, 2018.
Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968-2008, The Brookings Institution, 2011
- 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
Work In Progress
- Campaigns and Elections American Style, 3rd ed. (with James Thurber), Westview Press, 2009
Area of Expertise
Congress, congressional elections, presidential elections, campaign finance and campaign finance reform, voting behavior, interest groups, political party identification, political action committees
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. Nelson is the author of Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections: 1968 – 2008. She is also an industry expert in campaign finance reform, she is a co-author 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 co-editor of Campaigns and Elections American Style (5th edition, Aug. 2018); Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections; and Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections, as well as numerous other articles and books.