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Nels Paulson

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 447 Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-5304
Email: paulsonne@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

Nels Paulson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Stout and received his doctorate from Arizona State University. His research generally focuses on the environment and civil society. Past research projects include hunting as a conservation strategy, disaster relief and religion, and the place of indigenous groups in global environmental governance. His publications have appeared in Conservation and Society, Nature and Culture, and Environmental Values, among others. His current work is on phosphorus pollution in Wisconsin and the place of civil society in mitigating non-point source pollution. He directs a National Science Foundation funded interdisciplinary research program titled the LAKES REU.

Teaching Interests: Political Ecology; Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Introductory Sociology; Social Theory; Society and Leisure; Globalization and Social Change; Sociology of Altruism

Research Interests: Environment, globalization, civil society, organizations, crime/law, leisure, and religion

Education

    • Ph D Sociology
      Arizona State University
      Tempe, AZ, United States, 2009
    • MA Sociology
      Arizona State University
      Tempe, AZ, United States, 2005
    • BA History Education
      Concordia College
      Moorhead, MN, United States, 2000

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin- Stout, Social Science Deparment
        Associate Professor
        2014 -
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout, Social Science Department
        Assistant Professor
        2009 - 2014
      • Arizona State University, Department of Sociology, School of Global Studies, and School of Social and Family Dynamics
        Teaching Associate
        2005 - 2009

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Paulson, N. (Accepted). Legitimating knowledge in the modern world polity: A study of INGOs and sustainable hunting.. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society .
    • Paulson, N., & Zagorski, K. (2015). On harm and mediated space: The BP Oil Spill in an age of globalization. IN Brisman, A., South, N., & White, R. (Eds.), Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, Ashgate Publishing.
    • Beckworth, C., & Paulson, N. (2015). On mitigating water pollution: An analysis of farmer social networks.. Sociological Imagination, 51(2), 17-35.
    • Paulson, N. (2014). Representing wildlife management: Sustainable hunting narratives at the International Wildlife Museum. Nature and Culture, 9(1), 87-112.
    • Paulson, N., Doolittle, A., Laudati, A., Welsh-Devine, M., & Peña, P. (2012). Indigenous peoples’ participation in global conservation: Looking beyond headdresses and face paint.. Environmental Values, 21(3), 255-276.
    • Paulson, N., & Menjívar, C. (2012). Religion, the state, and disaster relief in the United States and India. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32(4), 179-196.
    • Paulson, N. (2012). The place of hunters in global conservation advocacy. Conservation and Society, 10(1), 53-62.

    Book, Chapter

    • Paulson, N., Zagorski, K., & Ferguson, C. (2015). On harm and mediated space: The BP Oil Spill in an age of globalization. , Ashgate Press.

Presentations

    Oral Presentation

    • Paulson, N., Ferguson, D., & Lee, T. (2015). The LAKES Project: Cleaning up Watersheds with Interdisciplinary Social Science Praxis. Society for Applied Anthropology, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.
    • Paulson, N., & Beckworth, C. (2015). The Underlying Constraints to Improving Water Quality: Neoliberal Forces and Farmer Social Networks. , Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (2014). Phosphorus Pollution in the Lakes of the Red Cedar Watershed. Global Water Awareness Week, Eau Claire, WI, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (2014). Finding Common Ground for Building Sustainable Communities. Red Cedar Watershed Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (2013). Civic Engagement and Producing Sustainable Communities. Red Cedar Watershed Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (November, 2013). Green Criminology and community participatory research: A case study of phosphorus pollution. American Society of Criminologists Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Paulson, N., Fox, C., & McAloon, P. (March, 2013). The challenges of rampant individualism: Producing pro-environment behaviors and ideas. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Paulson, N., Ries, N., Conradi, M., Fox, C., & Twaddle, J. (March, 2012). Engaging students and community in sustainability dialogue: Applied learning at a rural, Midwestern university. Lake Superior Service Learning Conference, Duluth, MN, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (March, 2012). Reducing phosphorus, connecting people: The politics and opportunities of community participatory research. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (February, 2012). INGOs, hunting, and local legitimacy. Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings, New York, NY, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (2011). Inequality, Protest, and Democracy: A Panel Presentation. Social Science Speaker Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (2010). Visiting Scholar Lecture. ,
    • Paulson, N. (August, 2010). Limits to democratic global governance within civil society: An investigation of science and hunting management. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (February, 2010). You can’t eat ethics: INGOs and social mechanisms of instrumental hunting governance. International Studies Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (April, 2008). Global hunting governance, neoliberalism, and NGOs. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Portland, OR, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (August, 2007). The differentiation of ‘green’ and ‘brown’: Patterns of variance in environmental INGOs. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meetings, New York, NY, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (April, 2007). Conceptualizing the place of world society, the state, and environmental law. Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (March, 2007). . Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Oakland.
    • Paulson, N. (March, 2007). Global to local relationships and the environment. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Oakland.
    • Paulson, N. (August, 2006). Religious tension and constitutional language in Nigeria and Ghana. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meetings, Montreal, Canada.
    • Paulson, N. (April, 2006). Religion, disaster, and the media. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Hollywood, CA, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (April, 2005). Bordering and the globalization of human rights in Northern Ireland. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Portland, OR, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (April, 2004). Driving to the heart of social movements: A case study of athletic influence. Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, United States.

    Panelist

    • Paulson, N. (November, 2013). Where Rivers Meet the Sea: A Political Ecology of Water. American Society of Criminology Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, United States.

    Paper

    • Zagorski, K., & Paulson, N. (2012). Global Solutions to Global Problems? Media Framing of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. 2012 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Political Science Association, River Falls, WI, United States.
    • Zagorski, K., & Paulson, N. (2012). On harm and mediated space: The BP oil spill in the age of globalization. the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminologists, Chicago, IL, United States.

    Uncategorized

    • Paulson, N. (2012). Visiting Scholar Lecture. Preparing Future Faculty Visiting Scholar Series, AZ, United States.
    • Paulson, N. (August, 2007). Understanding origins of civilization cleavages: Education and liberal values in Islam and the West. American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, New York, NY, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Paulson, N. National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site Grant. $281938.
    • Paulson, N., Ferguson, C., & Lee, T. Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $281994 (Funded).
    • Kuchta, M. A., Paulson, N., & Nold, S. C. REU: Linking Applied Knowledge and Environmentals Studies (LAKES). Sponsored by NSF-REU, $300000.
    • Little, A. M., & Paulson, N. UW-Stout Outstanding EmergingREU Site: RUI: Creating interdisciplinary research opportunities in phosphorus sustainability (CROPS) Researcher Award. Sponsored by NSF-REU, $293000 (Not Funded).
    • Zagorski, K., & Paulson, N. Sponsored by UW-Stout College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, $660 (Funded).
    • Nold, S. C., Paulson, N., Ferguson, C., & Little, A. M. Phosphorous in the Red Cedar Basin: Establishing an interdisciplinary community of undergraduate scholars. Sponsored by UW-Stout Research Incubator Grant Proposal, $10000.
    • Paulson, N., Nold, S. C., & Little, A. M. Phosphorus in the Red Cedar Basin: An interdisciplinary approach to a more sustainable community. Sponsored by UW-Stout Research Incubator Grant Proposal, $10000.
    • Paulson, N. Dissertation Research Grant. $4500.
    • Paulson, N. Dissertation Research Grant. $900.

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, DVD

    • Review of Edge of Islam

      Teaching Sociology 37/4: 433-435 (2009)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • UW-Stout Educator of the Year, Menomonie Chamber of Commerce (2016)
    • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Teacher of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin- Stout (2015)
    • Emerging Outstanding Researcher Award, University of Wisconsin- Stout (2013)

    Fellowship

    • Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin- Stout (2015)
    • Innovation in Research Fellowship, Arizona State University (2008)

Service

    University

      UW Stout

      • Hiring Committee (2011 - Present)
      • Committee Chair, Institutional Review Board (2011 - Present)
      • Committee Chair, Social Science Personnel Committee (2012 - 2015)
      • Hiring Committee (2014)
      • Personnel Policies Committee (2011 - 2014)
      • Hiring Committee (2013)
      • Hiring Committee (2010)