Name: Professor Pat Nelson
Office: N/A
Phone: 507-389-1561
Staff: Assistant professor at MSU since Fall 2012


Currently a Minneapolis Police Sgt. 2011-present
S.W.A.T. and Negotiation Team 2003-present
Minneapolis Patrol Officer 1997-2011

Walden University, Minneapolis, MN – 03/2010 to Present
Pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration with a dual focus on Homeland Security Policy and Coordination as well as Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace. Working dissertation title: Social network analysis as a model for identifying points of contact in the exchange of community intelligence.

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN – 09/1999 to 12/2001
Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN – 09/1995 - 06/1997
Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN – 09/1994 – 06/1995

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL: 09/1992 – 06/1993

Classes Taught Include

LAWE 491-Narcotics Investigations
LAWE 432-Criminal Code
LAWE 233-Criminal Investigations
LAWE 441-Federal Law Enforcement
LAWE 343-Police Emergency Response Procedures

Fun Fact

Fifth generation police officer
Professor Nelson and her mom were the first mother and daughter to work on the same department