Political Science Professor Brent Nelsen Named Chairman of SCETV Commission
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Furman University political science professor Brent Nelsen to serve as chairman of the South Carolina Educational Television Commission.
Dr. Brent Nelsen
ETV is South Carolina’s statewide network with 11 television stations, eight radio stations and a closed-circuit educational telecommunications system in more than 2,000 schools, colleges, businesses, and government agencies.
A native of Wisconsin, Nelsen joined the political science faculty at Furman in 1989. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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. His 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.
Nelsen also teamed with former Furman student Alexander Stubb, who is now foreign minister of Finland, to publish a textbook, The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration, now in its third edition.
Nelsen’s research interests also include the study of religion and politics in Europe. He and fellow Furman professor Jim Guth are working on a book entitled Religion and the Struggle for Europe: Catholicism, Protestantism and Politics in the European Union.
In June 2010, Nelsen ran unsuccessfully for State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina.