Nelsen receives Presidential nomination

Dr. Brent Nelsen

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama will nominate Furman University political science professor Brent Nelsen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Nelsen, who joined the Furman faculty in 1989, has served as chairman of the South Carolina Education Television Commission since 2011. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to the position.

At Furman, Nelsen teaches courses on the politics of Europe and the European Union, as well as a course on the politics of the international economic system. He served as chair of the political science department from 2003 to 2009. He has been president of the South Carolina Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Political Science Association.

Nelsen’s books include The State Offshore: Petroleum, Politics, and State Intervention on the British and Norwegian Continental Shelves and Norway and the European Community: The Political Economy of Integration. He also teamed with former Furman student Alexander Stubb, who is Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland, to publish a textbook, The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration.

A native of Wisconsin, Nelsen is a graduate of Wheaton College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107 or visit the White House website.