Professor of Sociology
School of Public Policy
424 Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Office phone: 541.737.0740


  • SOC 312 - Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 315 - Methods I: Research Design
  • SOC 316 – Methods II: Quantitative Analysis
  • PI, OREGON STATE ADVANCE, National Science Foundation Advance IT program (award #1409171)(PI as of July 1, 2016; co-PI on submission) OREGON STATE ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation (IT) grant funded in the fall of 2014 by the National Science Foundation. The IT award aims to transforms institutional settings to be a more equitable academic environment for women scientists. Co-PIs: Michelle Bothwell, Lisa Gaines, Tuba Ozkän-Haller, and Susan Shaw. Funded at $3.5M over five years. 
  • Co-I, “Values-based Academic Leadership Trajectories for women in STEM (VAuLTS).” National Science Foundation  (09/19-09/23) ADVANCE Partnership Grant (PI, Maria Gartstein, Washington State University).  This project has a two-fold objective: (1) increasing mid career STEM women faculty engagement in career advancement and leadership policy/practice decision-making at doctorate-granting and community college/undergraduate institutions; (2) supporting policy/practice transformation promoting advancement of mid career women faculty in STEM at the institutional level for all higher education partners, enhancing equity messaging. VAuLTS was designed to increase women’s representation at the highest levels of the STEM professoriate through regional partnerships and national dissemination, serving as a flagship model.
  • The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Policy Preferences in the American West.  Based on a 2018 household survey conducted in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, this co-edited book (Brent S. Steel, Erika Allen Wolters and Rebecca L. Warner) will include chapters that examine the determinants of separate food, water and energy policy preferences among the public, and the nexus of those policy preferences and value tradeoffs involved. 


  • Ph.D. - Sociology, Washington State University, 1985
  • M.A. - Sociology, Washington State University, 1982
  • B.A. – Sociology, Portland State University (with highest honors), 1980

Honors and Awards

  • 2018    Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award, Oregon State University
  • 2016    University Mentoring and Professional Development Award, Oregon State University
  • 2008    D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award, Oregon State University
  • 2004    College of Liberal Arts Excellence Award, Oregon State University
  • 2004    Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award, Oregon State University
  • 1997    Master Teacher, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University
  • 1996    Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon State University
  • 1994    Women of Achievement Award, Oregon State University Women’s Center
  • 1984    Wesley Hayes Memorial Scholarship, Washington State University
  • 1980    Phi Kappa Phi, Portland State University Chapter (President, OSU Chapter, 1998)

Recent Publications

  • Wolters, Erika Allen, Brent S. Steel and Rebecca L. Warner. 2019. “The Food-Water-Energy Nexus and Household Behavior: An Oregon Case Study,” Journal of Rural and Community Development, 14(3): 1-22.
  • Steel, Brent S., Erika Allen Wolters and Rebecca L. Warner. 2019. “Public Preferences for Food-Energy-Water Tradeoffs in the Western U.S.,” Sustainability, Vol. 1; doi:10.3390/su1119520
  • Shaw, Susan., Michelle Bothwell, Kali Furman, Lisa Gaines, Deborah John, Nana Osei-Kofi, Tuba Ozkän-Haller, Dwaine Plaza, Bonnie Ruder, and Rebecca L. Warner*. 2019. “Advancing Women in Academic STEM: Catalyzing Institutional Transformation through an Immersion Seminar for Administrators and Faculty,” The Lancet, 393 (10171), PE17-E19.( (*Corresponding author)
  • Bothwell, Michelle, Kali Furman, Qwo-Li Driskill, Rebecca L. Warner, Susan Shaw and Tuba Ozkän-Haller. 2018. “Empowering Faculty and Administrators to Re-Imagine a Socially Just Institution through Use of Critical Pedagogies,” Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference of the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, VA.
  • Ruder, Bonnie, Dwaine Plaza, Rebecca L. Warner and Michelle Bothwell. 2018. “STEM Women Faculty Struggling for Recognition and Advancement in a “Men’s Club” Culture.” Pp. 121-149 in Cho C. et al., Poison in the Watercooler: Exploring the Toxicity of Lateral and Micro-aggression in Multiple Contexts and Disciplines. Palgrave-McMillan, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Buylova, Alexandra, Rebecca L. Warner, and Brent S. Steel. 2018. “The Oregon Context.” Pp 19-38 in Weber, Edward, Patricia Southwell, Richard Clucas and Mark Henkels (eds.) Oregon State and Local Politics: Innovation and Change. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.
  • Steel, Brent S., John C. Pierce, Rebecca L. Warner, and Nicholas P. Lovrich. 2015. "Environmental Value Considerations in Public Attitudes about Alternative Energy Development in Oregon and Washington," Environmental Management 55(3):634-645.
  • Lach, Denise and Rebecca L. Warner. 2014. “Gender and Science.” In Steel, Brent S. (Ed.), Issues and Controversies in Science and Politics. Washington, DC: CQ Press.