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 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.