Southern Political Science Association Presents Nelson With Outstanding Book Award

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Publication Date: 1/20/2009

Dr. Michael Nelson, the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes, is the winner of the V.O. Key Award for Outstanding Book on Southern Politics. The award was presented January 9 by the Southern Political Science Association at its annual meeting in New Orleans.

Nelson’s book How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (Louisiana State University Press, 2007) explores how southern states have dealt with gambling-related public policy issues, especially whether to legalize casino gambling or create a state lottery. The co-author is John Mason ’92, formerly an assistant professor of political science at Rhodes.