Mark Edwards

Sociology Program
Director, Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL)
School of Public Policy

434 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Phone: 541-737-5379
Fax: 541-737-2289


  • SOC 315 Research Design
  • SOC 426/526 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 439/539 Welfare and Social Services
  • PPOL 521 - Understanding Social Research
  • PPOL 524 - Applied Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Social Inequality
  • Public Safety Net Policy
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Sociology of Food Insecurity and Housing

Newest Research

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


  • Ph.D. - Sociology, University of Washington 1997
  • M.A. - Sociology, University of Washington 1992
  • B.A. - Food Biochemistry, University of California at Davis 1984

Current Projects:

  • "What Can Account for Older Americans’ Low Participation Rate in the SNAP Program?"
  • "Food Security via Food Sovereignty?  Lessons from the Global South"

 Selected Publications:

  • Grobe, Deana, Mark Edwards, and Bruce Weber. 2020. “The Complex Dynamics of Work,  Wages, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation.” Journal of Poverty. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2019.1616032

  • Edwards, Mark, Colleen Heflin, Peter Mueser, Sue Porter, and Bruce Weber. 2016. “The Great Recession and SNAP Caseloads: A Tale of Two States” Journal of Poverty 20(3):261-277.

  • Porter, Suzanne and Mark Edwards.  2014. "Household and Economic Factors Associated with Geographic and School Mobility Among Low-Income Children." Journal of Children and Poverty 20(2):111-130.

  • Edwards, Mark. 2012 "The Rise of State Agency-Nonprofit Collaboration Against Food Insecurity in Western States."  Food, Culture, and Society 15(1):93-112.

  • Edwards, Mark Evan, Melissa Torgerson, and Jennifer Sattem.  2009.  "Paradoxes of Providing Rural Social Services:  The Case of Homeless Youth."  Rural Sociology 74(3):330-355.

Selected Honors & Awards:

  • 2012 Oregon Faith  Roundtable Against Hunger - Harvest of Hope Award.
  • 2011 Division of Outreach & Engagement Award for Excellence: Strategic Impact