College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Lisa Nelson

Dr. Lisa Nelson

Professor of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-4739


OFFICE: 94-338

OFFICE HOURS: Please email

Academic Area

Public Administration

Areas of Expertise

Environmental sustainability, with attention to citizen participation, intergovernmental and intersectoral agreements and management, and creative leadership training through Social Artistry

Research Statement

Dr. Nelson teaches in the undergraduate and MPA program, and for the Center for Regenerative Studies. She teaches courses in American and California government, public administration and public policy, and environmental sustainability for local government.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD and MA, Arizona State University
  • BA, Brown University

Courses Taught

U.S. and California constitutions and political philosophies of their framers; intergovernmental relations; political institutions and processes; rights and obligations of citizens. Meets state graduation requirement in U.S. Constitution and Government and U.S. Ideals and Institutions.
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance.


Nelson, L. 2001. "Environmental Networks: Relying on Process or Outcome for Motivation." in M. Mandell, Getting Results Through Collaboration, Westport, CT: Quorum Books. (Link)
Nelson, L. 2001. "Community Sustainability and Land Use." Public Administration Review, 61(6): 741-746. (Link)