Dr. Ron Nelson

Dr. Ron Nelson

Emeritus Associate Professor


B.S. Fisheries Wildlife Science;  Texas A&M

J.D. Governmental & Maritime Law;  University of Miami (Fla)

M.A. U.S. Government & International Relations; New School (NYC)

Ph.D. Public Law, Comparative Politics, Public Policy; University of Texas (Austin)


Following a career in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officer and a Coast Guard JAG Officer, Ron Nelson returned to school for his Ph.D.  Prior to beginning his current teaching duties at the University of South Alabama in 2003, he served as a Visiting Professor at Washington State University and the University of New Mexico.

Research Interests

Constitutional Law

Administrative Law

Criminal Law & Procedure

Judicial Policy

Law & Politics

U.S. Government

Recent Publications

“Evolving Standards of What is Cruel and Unusual: A View from the States.” The Criminal Law Bulletin. , 52(4) 961 - 975, 2016.


PSC/CJ 330 Judicial Process

PSC/CJ 331 Constitutional Law (W)

PSC 570 Administrative Law

CJ 321 Introduction to Security

CJ 332 Criminal Law

CJ 430 Criminal Procedure (W)