Director, Public Policy Graduate Program
School of Public Policy

318 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5303
Phone: (541) 737-6133
Fax: (541) 737-2289

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Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Experience

  • 2005 - Visiting Professor, Environmental Resource Management, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria.
  • 2005 to present - Affiliate Professor, Water Resources Management and Policy Graduate Program.
  • 2003 to present - Director, Public Policy Graduate Program, Oregon State University.
  • 2003 - Fulbright Scholar, Public Administration, University of Botswana, Botswana.
  • 2003 to present - Affiliate Professor, Marine Resource Management Program, Oregon State University.
  • 2001 - Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1998 to 2001 - Associate Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1998-present - Affiliate Professor, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, Oregon State University.
  • 1995 to 1998 - Director, Master of Public Affairs Program, Washington State University.
  • 1995 to 1998 - Associate Professor, Political Science, Washington State University.
  • 1995 - Visiting Professor, Public Administration, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
  • 1992 to 1995 - Assistant Professor, Political Science, Washington State University.
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1984 to 1990 - Assistant Professor, Political Science, Oakland University.

Recent Grants:

  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Energy Development and Comparative Agricultural Policy," National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture (2013-2017).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Coupled Natural and Human Systems in Fire-Prone Landscapes: Interactions, Dynamics and Adaption,” National Science Foundation (2010-2014). 
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institutes,” USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant (2009-2013). 


Recent Publications:

  • Brent S. Steel and Denise Lach, "Changing Expectations for Science and Scientists in Marine and Terrestrial Management and Policy," in Weber, Lach and Steel (eds.), Science in the Contemporary Policy Process: Responding to the Challenge of Complex Problems and Contested Policies (Oregon State University Press, 2017).
  • Erika Allen Wolters, Brent S. Steel, Daniel Weston and Mark Brunson, "Determinants of Residential Firewise Behaviors in Central Oregon," Social Science Journal, 54(2017): 168-178.
  • Rachel Krause, Johns C. Pierce and Brent S. Steel, “An Assessment of the Impact that Auditory and Visual Experience with Wind Turbines has on Support for Wind Production and Proximity-based Opposition,” Society and Natural Resources (2016): 1452-1466.
  • Erika Allen Wolters, Brent S. Steel, Denise Lach and Daniel Kloepfer, "What is the Best Available Science: A Comparison of Marine Scientists, Managers and Interest Groups," Ocean and Coastal Management, 122(2016): 95-122.
  • Erika Allen Wolters and Brent S. Steel, "Sustainable Futures: Healthy Lifestyles, Obesity and Access to Food in U.S. Counties 2012," Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences Procedia 8(2016): 73-80.
  • Brent S. Steel, John C. Pierce, Rebecca L. Warner and Nicholas P. Lovrich, "Environmental Value Considerations in Public Attitudes about Alternative Energy Development in Oregon and Washington," Environmental Management 55(2015): 634-645.
  • Erika Allen Wolters and Brent S. Steel, "Cheatgrass Empire: Public Lands as a Contested Resource," pp. 129-145 in Judd and S. Witt, eds., Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Confronting the Policy Challenges of the Great Basin (Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2015).
  • Jeanette Blackmar, John C. Pierce and Brent S. Steel, "Social Capital and the Centrality of Local Food Policy to Sustainability Initiatives in U.S. Counties," Review of Studies of Sustainability 3(2015): 45-62.
  • Lucia De Stefano, Mark Svendsen, Mark Giordano, Brent S. Steel, Bridget Brown, and Aaron T. Wolf, "Water Governance: Concepts and Approach Framework as Applied to MENA Countries," Water Policy 16(2014): 824-843.
  • Gian Paolo Cesaretti, Rosas Misso, Francesca D'Alessandron, Shakir Hanna, Brent S. Steel, and Zacharoula, "Sustainable Governance  for a New Proximity Market of Agriculture," Review of Studies of Sustainability 2(2014): 31-42.