The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Arthur C. Nelson, PhD

Arthur C. Nelson, PhD

Dr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science with certificates in Urban Studies and Social Service at Portland State University in 1972. As a consultant in planning and fiscal analysis along the West Coast based in Portland, Oregon for a dozen years (1972-1984), he returned to Portland State where he received the Master of Urban Studies degree (1976) and later the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Studies specializing in regional science and regional planning in 1984. Dr. Nelson entered academia after working for a dozen years in professional planning and public administration capacities in Oregon, Washington and California. This includes being a party in significant court cases including one in Oregon where a citizen-driven amendment to a city charter discriminating against farm labor housing was overturned. Dr. Nelson has received numerous distinctions over his academic career. He is a member of College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), was commissioned Honorary Lieutenant Colonial by the Georgia Governor, received research, teaching and scholarship awards, and was advisor to students winning the AICP national student project of the year award. He has also served as editor of Housing Policy Debate, associate editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Planners’ Notebook editor and associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association. He serves in other editorial capacities for several journals. Professor Nelson is now a Professor of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development at the University of Arizona.