Professor Nelson is the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Accounting at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He received his BBA degree from Iowa State University and his MA and PhD degrees from Ohio State University.
Nelson teaches intermediate financial accounting to MBA and undergraduate students, as well as a PhD seminar on judgment and decision making research in accounting. He has received teaching awards at Cornell and Ohio State as well as the American Accounting Association’s inaugural Cook Prize for teaching excellence. He is a coauthor (with Spiceland, Sepe and Thomas) of Intermediate Accounting.
Nelson’s research examines psychological and economic factors that influence how people make decisions, interpret and apply accounting, auditing, and tax regulations, and trade in financial markets. His research has been published in many scholarly journals in accounting and psychology, and has been acknowledged with the AAA's Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, the AAA’s Wildman Medal, AJPT’s inaugural Best Paper Award, and the Johnson School's Faculty Research Award.
Nelson served for four years on the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. He also served three terms as an area editor of the Accounting Review, and is a member of the editorial boards of several accounting journals. He also served from 2007-2010 as the Johnson School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the tenure-track faculty and research functions of the School.