Travis B Nelson

Contact Info

1174 Ullsvik Hall
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001

Campuses and Colleges

  • UW-Platteville
  • Liberal Arts and Education

Department Info

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. Political Sciecne, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. Political Science, St. Olaf College


  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Natural Disasters and International Politics
  • Foreign Aid
  • Sport and International Politics


  • International Relations
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Politics of the Global Economy
  • International Security

Recent Publications:

  • "Captain America? On the Relationship Between Hollywood Blockbusters and American Soft Power." Globalizations. 19 (2022). 139-151.
  • "Rawls on Agreeing to Disagree: How Democracies Differ from Non-Democracies in Justifying War." (co-authored with Daniel Kapust and Katherine Robiadek). Democracy & Security. 14.1 (2018). 68-89.
  • “Sport Without Referees? The Power of the International Olympic Committee and the Social Politics of Accountability” (co-authored with Patrick Cottrell). European Journal of International Relations. 22:2 (June 2016). 437-458.
  • “Humanitarian Motivations” in The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action. Ed. Roger MacGinty and Jenny Peterson. New York, NY: Routledge Press (2015). 74-85.
  • “Determinants of Disaster Aid: Donor Interest or Recipient Need?” Global Change, Peace & Security 24:1 (2012). 109-126.
  • “Charmed by China? Popular Perceptions of Chinese Influence.” (co-authored with Matthew Carlson). Japanese Journal of Political Science 13:4 (2012). 477-499.
  • “Not Just a Game? Power, Protest, and the Olympic Games.”  (co-authored with Patrick Cottrell). European Journal of International Relations. 17:4 (2011). 729-753.
  • “When Disaster Strikes: On the Relationship between Natural Disaster and Interstate Conflict.” Global Change, Peace & Security. 22:2 (2010). 155-176.
  • "Rejecting the Gift Horse: International Politics of Disaster Aid Refusal.” Conflict, Security, and Development. 10:3 (2010). 379-402.

Current Projects:

  • “Agreeing to Disagree: Deliberative Democracy and the Justifications of War.” (co-authored with Daniel Kapust).
  • “Profound Shock and Heartfelt Sympathy”: On the Politics and Humanitarianism of Natural Disaster."
  • “‘Michelle and I Send Our Deepest Condolences’: Gender and the American Response to Foreign Natural Disaster"