Professor of Sociology and Director of Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL)

Office: 541-737-5379

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 434

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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  • SOC 426/526 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 439/539 Welfare and Social Services
  • PPOL 521 - Understanding Social Research
  • PPOL 455/555 - Housing Policy

Research Interests

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

Newest Research

Curriculum Vita

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


  • "What Can Account for Older Americans’ Low Participation Rate in the SNAP Program?"
  • "Understanding Patterns of College Student Food Insecurity"

 Selected Publications:

  • Elkaramany, Mohamed and Mark Edwards. 2022. “State Policy Effects on the Suppression of CalFresh Participation Rates.” Journal of Poverty  DOI:  10.1080/ 10875549.2022.2065560

  • Leanne Giordono, David Rothwell, Stephanie Grutzmacher, & Mark Edwards. 2022. “Understanding SNAP use patterns among older adults.” Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy  DOI:  10.1002/aepp.13228

  • 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.


  • 2012 Oregon Faith  Roundtable Against Hunger - Harvest of Hope Award.
  • 2011 Division of Outreach & Engagement Award for Excellence: Strategic Impact
  • 2021 Family Friendly Faculty Award


Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
School of Public Policy
Research/Career Interests: 

Policy Areas: Poverty and inequality, food security, sociology of housing, research methods.

PhD: University of Washington

My Publications


Journal Article


Journal Article

Edwards, Mark, S. L Bernell, and B. A Weber. Restricted Opportunities, Personal Choices, Ineffective Policies: What Explains Food Insecurity In Oregon?. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS 31.2 (2006): 193 - 211. Print. Journal Of Agricultural And Resource Economics.


Journal Article

Edwards, Mark. Occupational Structure And The Employment Of American Mothers Of Young Children. Journal of Family and Economic Issues 26.1 (2005): 31 - 53. Print. Journal Of Family And Economic Issues.


Journal Article

Edwards, Mark. Uncertainty And The Rise Of The Work-Family Dilemma.. Journal of Marriage and Family 63.1 (2001): 183 - 96. Print. Journal Of Marriage And Family.
Edwards, Mark. Home Ownership, Affordability, And Mothers' Changing Work And Family Roles. SSQU Social Science Quarterly 82.2 (2001): 369 - 383. Print. Ssqu Social Science Quarterly.


PhD Faculty
MPP Core Faculty
MPP Faculty
SPP Concentration: 
Law, Crime and Policy
Rural Policy
Social Policy
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