Assistant Professor Political Science and Associate Director Public Policy Undergraduate Program

338 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, US
97331-2502
Phone: 541-737-1421

Erika.Wolters@oregonstate.edu

Teaching

  • PS 201 American Government and Politics
  • PS 555 The Politics of Climate Change
  • PS 570 Global Food Politics and Policy
  • PS 575 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PS 576 Science and Politics

Research Interests

  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Sustainability: water, energy, food, transportation and consumerism
  • Science and Policy
  • Sustainable behaviors and environmental policy
  • Climate Change Politics and Policy
  • Water Policy
  • U.S. Public Lands
  • The Food-Water-Energy (FWE) Nexus

Curriculum Vitae

 


Brief Vita

Education

  • PhD, Environmental Science, Oregon State University, 2012
  • MA, Environmental Studies, Politics and Policy, California State University Sacramento, 2000
  • BA, Political Science, University of California Davis, 1995

Professional Experience

  • 2015-Present, Director, OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), Oregon State University, School of Public Policy
  • 2012-Present, Faculty, Oregon State University, School of Public Policy, Political Science Department
  • 2009-Present, Political Science Ecampus Coordinator, Oregon State University, School of Public Policy, Political Science Department
  • 2000-2002, Northern California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife, Sacramento, CA
  • 2000-2004, Adjunct Professor, Folsom Lake College, Department of Political Science

Select Publications

Books
Journal Articles
  • Wolters, E.A., Steel, B.S., Warner, R.L. (2020). "Ideology and Value Determinants of Public Support for Energy Policies in the U.S.: A Focus on Western States.” Energies, 13.

  • Wolters, E.A., Lybecker, D.L., Fahy, F., and Hubbard, M.L. (2020). "Willingness to Support Environmental Actions and Policies: A Comparative Study." The Social Science Journal.

  • Wolters, E.A., Steel, B.S., Warner, R.L. (2019). “The Food-Water-Energy Nexus and Household Behaviors: An Oregon Case Study”Journal of Rural and Community Development, 14(3): 1-22.

  • Steel, B.S., Wolters, E.A., and Warner, R.L. (2019). "Public Preferences for Food-Energy-Water Tradeoffs in the Western U.S." Sustainability, 1: doi:10.3390/su11195200

  • Wolters, E.A., Steel, B.S., Weston, D., and Brunson, M. (2017). "Determinants of Residential Firewise Behaviors in Central Oregon." The Social Science Journal, vol.54(2): 168-178.

  • Wolters, E.A., Steel, B.S., Lach, D., and Kloepfer, D. (2016). "What is the Best Available Science? A Comparison of Marine Scientists, Managers, and Interest Groups in the United States." Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 122: 95-102.

  • Wolters, E.A., and Steel, B.S. (2016). "Sustainable Futures: Healthy Lifestyles, Obesity, and Access to Food in U.S. Counties 2012." Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia, vol. 8: 73-80.

  • Wolters, E.A. & Steel, B.S. (2015). “Cheatgrass Empire: Lands as a Contested Resource,” Dennis Judd and Stephanie Witt, eds. Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Urbanization and Cultural Conflict in the Great Basin. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press.

  •  Wolters, E.A. & Hubbard, M. (2014).  "Oregon Water: Assessing differences between the ‘Old’ versus ‘New’ Wests."  Social Science Journal, Vol. 51(2), 260-267.
  •  Wolters, E.A. (2014). "Attitude – Behavior Consistency in Household Water Consumption: An Oregon Case Study." Social Science Journal, Vol. 51(3), 455-463.
Book Chapters
  • Wolters, E.A., Jones, M.D., and Duvall, K. “An NPF Solution to Understanding Climate Change Framing Research: A Synthetic Review,” in M.D. Jones, E. Shanahan, and M. McBeth, eds. Science of Stories, vol. 2. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University Press (forthcoming).

  • Simon, C., Wolters, E.A., and Steel, B.S. “Western Rebellion: Who Own’s the West” in E.A. Wolters and B.S. Steel (coed) The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands, Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press (forthcoming).

  • Steel, B.S., Wolters, E.A., and Warner, R.L. “The Old West, the New West and the Next West?” in E.A. Wolters and B.S. Steel (coed) The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands, Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press (forthcoming). 

  • Buylova, A., Wolters, E.A., and Steel, B.S. (2020) “Public Climate Change Beliefs and Support for Wave Energy in the Pacific Coast Collaborative: The Case of British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Coast States,” in N. Columbes (ed) British Columbia: Environmental, Political, and Social Issues. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers (forthcoming)..

  • Wolters, E.A., and Steel, B.S. (2019). “Why Comparative Rural Policy Studies? Comparative Theory and Methods,” in M. Vittuari, J. Devlin, M. Pagani, J.L. Stallmann, and T.G. Johnson (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge Press. 

  • Sokolovska, I., Wolters, E.A., Steel, B.S. (2017) “Science at the Vaccine Decision Making Table: The Rise of Anti-vaccination Beliefs”. Academic Solutions. Brighton, MI: ABC-CLIO.

  • Wolters, E.A. & Steel, B.S. (2015). “Cheatgrass Empire: Lands as a Contested Resource,” Dennis Judd and Stephanie Witt, eds. Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Urbanization and Cultural Conflict in the Great Basin. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press.

  • Wolters, E.A. (2014). “Presidential Science Policy Advisor”, in Brent S. Steel, ed., Issues and Controversies in Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies.  New York, NY: Congressional Quarterly Press.

  • Wolters, E.A. (2014). “Antibiotics and Livestock,” in Brent S. Steel, ed., Issues and Controversies in Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies.  New York, NY: Congressional Quarterly Press.