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Brent S. Steel



Director, Public Policy Graduate Program
300E Gilkey Hall
Political Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5303
Phone: (541) 737-6133
Fax: (541) 737-2289










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Professional Experience

  • 2011 to present - Affiliate Professor, Department of Economic Studies, PhD Program in Economics and Management of Sustainability, University of Naples (Italy)
  • 2005 - Visiting Professor, Environmental Resource Management, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria.
  • 2005 to present - Affiliate Professor, Water Resources Policy and Management Graduate Program.
  • 2003 to present - Director, Master of Public Policy Program, Oregon State University.
  • 2003 - Fulbright Scholar, Public Administration, University of Botswana, Botswana.
  • 2003 to present - Affiliate Professor, Marine Resource Management Program, Oregon State University.
  • 2001 - Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1998 to 2001 - Associate Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1998-present - Affiliate Professor, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, Oregon State University.
  • 1995 to 1998 - Director, Master of Public Affairs Program, Washington State University.
  • 1995 to 1998 - Associate Professor, Political Science, Washington State University.
  • 1995 - Visiting Professor, Public Administration, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
  • 1992 to 1995 - Assistant Professor, Political Science, Washington State University.
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Oregon State University.
  • 1984 to 1990 - Assistant Professor, Political Science, Oakland University.

Recent Grants:

  • Co-Principle Investigator, "Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Energy Development and Comparative Agricultural Policy," National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), United States Department of Agriculture (2013-2016).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Oregon Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program Analysis," Oregon State Legislature (2013).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Borders in Transit: Rural and Urban Liminalities in the U.S. and Poland," Max Kade Foundation (2013).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Coupled Natural and Human Systems in Fire-Prone Landscapes: Interactions, Dynamics and Adaption,” National Science Foundation (2010-2014). 
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institutes,” USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant (2009-2013). 
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Water Reuse in Corvallis, Oregon: Public Opinion and a Plan for Public Participation," USDI Geological Survey, (2009-2012).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Firewood and Invasive Species in Oregon," Oregon Invasive Species Council (Oregon Department of Agriculture) (2010-2011).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Analysis of the North Pacific Research Board Research Program," North Pacific Research Board, (2010).
  • Co-Principle Investigator, "Blue Revolution Initiative: Regional Water Management Benchmarking in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region, USAID/Egypt (2008-2010). [with International Resources Group and OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds]
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Human Dimensions of Wave Energy,” Oregon Wave Energy Trust (2008-2009). 
  • Principal Investigator, “The Role of Science and Scientists in the Environmental Policy Process: A Comparative Analysis of Bulgaria and the United States,” INTREU Program, National Science Foundation, (2004-2005).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Changing Expectations for Science and Scientists in Natural Resource Decision Making: A Case Study of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program,” National Science Foundation, (2004-2008).


  • Brent S. Steel (ed.) Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies (Sage/CQ Press, 2014).
  • Brent S. Steel (Contributing Author), John Dernbach's Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute Press, 2012).
  • Christopher Simon, Brent S. Steel and Nicholas P. Lovrich, State and Local Government: Sustainability in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Richard Clucas, Mark Henkels, and Brent S. Steel (eds.) Oregon Politics and Government: Progressive versus Conservative Populism (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005).
  • Brent S. Steel, Richard Clinton and Nicholas Lovrich. Environmental Politics and Policy: A Comparative Perspective (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003).
  • John C. Pierce, Nicholas P. Lovrich, Brent S. Steel, Mary Ann Steger, and John Tennert, Political Culture and Public Policy in Canada and the United States:  Only a Border Apart? (New York: Edwin Mellen Publishers, 2000).
  • Dennis L. Soden and Brent S. Steel (eds.), Global Environmental Policy and Administration (New York: Marcel Dekker, 1999).
  • Brent S. Steel (ed.), Public Lands Management in the West: Citizens, Interest Groups and Values (New York:  Praeger Publishers, 1997).
  • John C. Pierce, Mary Ann Steger, Brent S. Steel and Nicholas P. Lovrich, Citizens, Political Communication, and Interest Groups: Environmental Organizations in Canada and the United States (New York:  Praeger Publishers, 1992).

Recent Publications:

  • Erika Wolters and Brent S. Steel, "Cheatgrass Empire: Public Lands as a Contested Resource," D. Judd and S. Witt, eds., Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude: Confronting the Policy Challenges of the Great Basin (Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, forthcoming).
  • Lucia De Stefano, Mark Svendsen, Mark Giordano, Brent S. Steel, Bridget Brown, and Aaron T. Wolf, "Water Governance: Concepts and Approach Framework as Applied to MENA Countries," Water Policy (forthcoming).
  • Jeannette Taylor, Brent S. Steel and Christopher Simon, "The Influence of Job Attributes and Culture on Job Productivity: Comparing the Views of Public Servants in Asia Pacific and the United States," Review of Public Personnel Administration 33(2013): 205-224.
  • Brent S. Steel, "Local Government Sustainability Plans, Programs and Policies in Oregon," pp. 141-162 in Z. Andreopoulou, G. Paolo Cesaretti and R. Misso (eds.), Development Sustainability and Territorial Dimension: The Role of Regional Systems with Rural Vocations (Italy: FrancoAngeli Press, 2012).
  • Richard Clucas, Mark Henkels and Brent S. Steel, “The Politics of One Oregon: Causes and Consequences of the Rural-Urban Divide and Prospects for Overcoming It,” pp. 113-142 in One Oregon (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2011).
  • Brent S. Steel and Mary Ann Steger, “Death Penalty: Crime Deterrent or Legalized Homicide?” pp. 45-79 in R. Tatalovich and B. Daynes (eds.) Social Regulatory Policy (M.E. Sharpe, 2011).
  • Brent S. Steel, Rebecca L. Warner and Denise Lach, “Gender Differences in Support for Scientific Involvement in U.S. Environmental Policy,” Science, Technology, and Human Values 35(2010): 147-173.
  • Brent S. Steel, review of Trova Heffernan, An Election for the Ages: Rossi vs. Gregoire, 2004, (Washington State University Press). Journal of the Oregon Historical Society (2010).
  • John C. Pierce and Brent S. Steel, eds., "Cultural Considerations in Alternative Energy Transfer," special edition of Comparative Technology Transfer and Society 7(2009): 247-250.
  • John C. Pierce, Brent S. Steel and Rebecca L. Warner, “Knowledge, Culture and Public Support for Renewable Energy Technology Policy in Oregon,” Comparative Technology Transfer and Society (2009): 270-286.
  • Brent S. Steel, Denise Lach and Rebecca L. Warner, “Science and Scientists in the U.S. Environmental Policy Process,” The International Journal of Science in Society 1(2009): 171-188.
  • Brent S. Steel, “Book Review Perspective: T. Nordhaus and Shellenberger, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Responsibility,” Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 5(2009): 1-3.
  • Brent S. Steel, "Common Sense versus Symbolism: The Case for Public Involvement in the Old Growth Debate," pp. 116-126 in T. Spies and S. Duncan (eds.) Old Growth in a New World: A Pacific Northwest Icon Reexamined (Island Press, 2009).
  • 2013 Political Science Quarterly "Outstanding Reviewer Award"
  • 2011 Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, Oregon State University
  • 2002 International Service Award, Oregon State University
  • 2001 Researcher of the Year, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University
  • 2001 Phi Alpha Phi Honor Society