Sociology Program
School of Public Policy

404 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Phone: (541) 737-5382


  • SOC206 – Social Problems and Issues
  • SOC381 – Social Dimensions of Sustainability
  • SOC475/575 – Rural Sociology
  • SOC480/580 – Environmental Sociology
  • SOC481/581 – Society and Natural Resources

Research Interests

  • Natural Resource Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Community Resilience

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1993
  • M.S. Sociology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1988
  • B.S. Psychology/Sociology, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1985

Academic Appointments

  • 2019-present, Professor, Sociology Program, Oregon State University (OSU)

  • 1999-2019 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, OSU

  • 2012-present, Affiliate Faculty, Water Resources Policy and Management, OSU

  • 2012-present, Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Water and Watersheds, OSU

  • 2005-present, Affiliate Faculty, Rural Studies Program, OSU

  • 2001-present, Affiliate Faculty, Women’s Studies Program, OSU

  • 1998-present, Affiliate Faculty, Marine Resource Management Program, OSU

  • 1998-present, Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Sciences Program, OSU

  • 1993-1999, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, OSU

Recent Grants

  • Principle Investigator, (with M. Maldanado, H. Egna, and F. Conway), “Enhancing community resilience and seafood sustainability through a diverse seafood processing workforce” NOAA, 9/1/19-8/31/21
  • Principle Investigator, (with D. Jacobs) “Social Sustainability: An Engaged Approach.” Ecampus Research Fellows Program, OSU, 1/1/2018-6/30/2019
  • Co-Investigator, (with D. Cox and H. Wang (PI)), “An Integrated Social Science and Agent-based Modeling Approach to Improve Life Safety from Near-field Tsunami Hazards.” NSF/CMMI, 5/1/2016-4/30/2019
  • Principle Investigator, (with F. Conway), “The Old(er) Men of the Sea: The Graying of the fishing industry and its impact on local community resiliency.” NOAA/Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, 9/1/2016-8/31/2018
  • Principal Investigator, (with F. Conway), “The Old(er) Men of the Sea: Graying of the fishing industry and its impact on local community resiliency” NOAA/Sea Grant, 7/1/15-6/30/16.
  • Principal Investigator (with D. Cox and H. Wang), “Building resilient coastal communities: A social assessment of mobile technology for tsunami evacuation planning” NOAA/Sea Grant, 7/1/14-6/30/16.
  • Co-Investigator, (with M. Needham (PI), “Resident Perceptions of the Oregon Marine Reserve System” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 9/1/14- 9/30/2016. 
  • Co-Investigator, (with Mark Needham (PI) “Coastal Resident Perceptions of Proposed Marine Reserves in Oregon” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 9/1/12-9/30/2013.

Recent Publications/Chapters in Edited Books

  • Johnston, J. R., Needham, M. D., Cramer, L. A, Olsen, C. S., & Swearingen, T. C. 2019. Public perceptions of marine wilderness as a marine protected area designation. Ocean and Coastal Management 178.
  • Utami, A., Cramer, L.A. and N. Rosenberger. Staple food diversification versus rice subsidy: Developing climate change resilience in rural Indonesia. 2018. Human Ecology 77 (4): 359-370.
  • Cramer L.A., Cox D., Wang H. 2018. Enhancing a Culture of Preparedness for the Next Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunami. In: Price L., Narchi N. (eds) Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience. Ethnobiology. Springer.
  • Conway F.D.L., Cramer L.A. 2018. Resilient Fishing Families and Communities: Adapting to Change. In: Price L., Narchi N. (eds) Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience. Ethnobiology. Springer.
  • Cramer, L.A., Flathers, C., Caracciolo, D., Russell, S. and F. Conway. 2018. Graying of the fleet: Perceived impacts on community resilience. Marine Policy 96 (October):27-35. 
  • Shephard, S., Boudet, H., *Zanocco, C., Cramer, L.A. and B. Tilt. 2018. Community climate change beliefs, awareness, and actions in the wake of the September 2013 flooding in Boulder County. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8(3): 1-14.
  • Mostafizi, A., Wang, H., Cox, D.A., Cramer, L.A. and S. Dong.  2017. “Agent-Based Tsunami Evacuation Modeling of Unplanned Network Disruptions for Evidence-driven Resource Allocation and Retrofitting Strategies. Natural Hazards, 88:1347. 
  • Jacobs, D.B. and L.A. Cramer. 2017. “Applying social network analysis to fire-prone landscapes: Implications for community resilience” Ecology and Society. 22(1):52.
  • Needham, M., B. Perry, and L.A. Cramer.  2017. “Coastal resident trust, similarity, knowledge, attitudes, and intentions regarding new marine reserves in Oregon” Society and Natural Resources, 30(3):315-330.  
  • Wang, H., Mostafizi, A., Cramer, L.A., Cox, D.A. and H. Park. 2016. “An Agent-based Model of a Multimodal Near-Field Tsunami Evacuation: Decision-Making and Life Safety” Transportation Research Part C: 
  • Chow, Morgan, L.A. Cramer, and H. Egna.  2016. “Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management: Implications for Coastal Aquaculture and Fishing Communities in the Philippines” pgs. 161-172 in M. Companion and M. Chaiken (Eds) Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Perry, E. E., Needham, M. D., Cramer, L. A., & Rosenberger, R. S. 2014. Coastal resident knowledge of new marine reserves in Oregon: The impact of proximity and attachment. Ocean and Coastal Management, 95(8), 107-116.
  • Aswani, S., Christie, P., Muthiga, N.A., Mahon, R., Primavera, J.H, Cramer,  L.A., Barbier, E.B., Granek, E.F., Kennedy, C. Wolanski, E. Hacker, S.D. 2012 (Available online March 31, 2011).  “The Way Forward with Ecosystem Based Management in Tropical Contexts: Reconciling with Existing Management Systems.” Marine Policy. 36(1)1-10.
  • Granek, E.F., Polasky, S., Kappel, C.V., Reed, D.J., Stoms, D.M., Koch, E.W., Kennedy, C.J., Cramer, L.A., Hacker, S.D., Barbier, E.B., Aswani, S., Ruckelshaus, M., Perillo, G.M., Silliman, B.R., Muthiga, N., Bael, D., and Wolanski, E. 2010. "Ecosystem Services as a Common Language for Coastal Ecosystem- Based Management." Conservation Biology 24(1):207-216. 
  • Barbier, E.B., Koch, E.W., Silliman, B.R., Hacker, S.D., Wolanski, E., Primavera, J., Granek, E.F., Polasky, S., Aswani, S., Cramer, L.A., Stoms, D.M., Kennedy, C.J., Bael, D., Kappel, C.V., Perillo, G.M. and Reed, D.J. 2008. “Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management with Nonlinear Ecological Functions and Values.” Science 319:321-323.

Honors and Awards

  • Oregon State University Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, 2017
  • College of Liberal Arts Researcher of the Year, Oregon State University, 1998
  • Rural Sociological Society Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999