STEPHEN LOWE NELSON portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Political Science Department
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Research Summary

My research explores the intersection of law and public policy, and includes substantive policy areas such as criminal jurisprudence, immigration policy, and education policy. Most of my publications appear in law review journals published by law schools across the country.

Education

  • J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah. Project: The King's Wrongs and the Federal District Courts: Understanding the Discretionary Function Exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act

Biography

I taught my first class in the Political Science Department in Fall Semester 2004 and have since taught over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the Univesity of Utah. While I have taught a number of different courses over the years, I most frequently teach classes related to law and public policy, like POLS 3220 (Introduction to Criminal Jurisprudence), POLS 5120 (Judicial Process), and POLS 3390 (Introduction to Environmental Policy and Sustainability).  I also regularly teach sections of POLS 1100 (Introduction to American Government). 

In addition to teaching, I am a career (in other words, not a political appointee) prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice.  I serve as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Violent Crime Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah.  In this capacity, I prosecute narcotics conspiracy cases, firearms violations, and other violent federal crime committed by gang members.  In my career, I have chaired over 80 felony jury trials, including murders, attempted murders, aggravated sexual offenses, RICO, narcotics conspiracies, robberies, and many other violent crimes.