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J.S. Nelson

Professor Nelson has been with ComplianceNet since 2018, hosted the organization’s second conference in 2019, and has been involved in organizing each of ComplianceNet’s conferences since.

She is a leading voice on issues of white collar crime, compliance, and corporate misconduct. Professor Nelson brings a deep, diverse background to business law, bridging both business and law school. Over nearly two decades in academia, she has worked at a variety of business and law schools. In 2021-22, she taught at Harvard Business School. In 2022-23, she was at Harvard Law School. Since 2023, she has been at the University of Pittsburgh. She maintains an active scholarly and public profile with appearances on venues such as the TODAY Show and NBC News Now.

Professor Nelson’s work explores the intersection of corporate law, white collar crime, and compliance. She concentrates on the way that legal rules shape ethical behavior within business organizations and the impact of different frameworks on large-scale corporate wrongdoing.

Her scholarship has been published in both legal and business journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Berkeley Business Law Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Legal Studies in Business, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. Her chapters are in academic books published by the Oxford University Press, the Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Springer, and Edward Elgar. She has received numerous awards for her work from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, including its 2017 Distinguished Proceedings Paper and Holmes-Cardozo awards, 2016 Ralph Bunche prize for Outstanding International Paper, and its 2015 Outstanding Proceedings award. In 2022, she again won the Ralph Bunche Outstanding International Paper Award.

Her recent book, co-authored with the late Lynn Stout, and published by the Oxford University Press, is Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know. The book has been called a “modern classic,” and it is available in a wide variety of formats. Her next book is on workplace surveillance.

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