Steven M. Nelson, MA, PhD
Steven M. Nelson, MA, PhD

Steven M. Nelson, MA, PhD

Resident Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Criminal Justice
  • Deviance
  • Social Psychology

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Resident Assistant Professor


  • University of Arizona, PhD - August 2007
  • University of Arizona, MA - December 2002
  • Ohio State University College of Law 1995

Publications and Presentations


  • “Redefining a Bizarre Situation: Relative Concept Stability in Affect Control Theory.”, Social Psychology Quarterly, 69, 215-234, 2006


  • “Subculture for Quantitative Criminology” (Steven M. Nelson) Sherry Corbett Lecture Series, Miami University, 2012
  • 2012 “Toward a Structural Symbolic Interactionist View of the Definition of the Situation” (Steven M. Nelson) Research Advances in Affect Control II., 2012
  • 2009 “Meanings and Crime: Criminality as Subcultural Affective Control” (Steven M. Nelson) American Sociological Association., 2009
  • 2008 “Situated Crime: Affect Control Theory and the Insufficiency of Identities” (Steven M. Nelson) American Sociological Association., 2007

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Deviance Criminology Criminal Justice Social Psychology Law and Society

Current Research Projects

  • Nelson, Steven M. and Ivan Ninenko. “Double Moral Standards: multidimensional moral selves and the judgment of others.” Nelson, Steven M. “Meaning Systems and Crime: Subculture as an Independent Variable.” (under revision) Nelson, Steven M. “Defining the Definition of the Situation in Structural Symbolic Interaction.” Nelson, Steven M. “The Shape of Deviance: A Model of Deviant Identities and Behaviors.”