Dr. Ron Nelson

Dr. Ron Nelson

Emeritus Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice


  • 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)