- Michael J. Carter
Office Location: SN 336
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of California-Riverside, 2010
- M.A. Sociology, San Diego State University, 2003
- B.A. Communication Studies, Sonoma State University, 1995
- Specialty Areas: Social Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociological Theory, Self and Identity, Group Processes, Sociology of Emotions, Sociology of Morality, Sociology of Education, Social Institutions
- SOC 150: Introductory Sociology
- SOC 305: Culture and Personality
- SOC 307: Ethnic Diversity in America
- SOC 345: Social Psychology
- SOC 368: Sociological Theory I
- SOC 368S: Research Seminar in Sociological Theory
- SOC 468: Sociological Theory II
- SOC 468S: Research Seminar in Sociological Theory II
- SOC 497: Methods of Social Research
- SOC 497L: Research Methods Laboratory
- SOC 545: Seminar in Social Psychology
- SOC 699: Independent Study
- MPA 620: Research Methods for Public Administration
Selected Publications and Presentations
Carter, Michael J. and Heather Harper. Forthcoming. "Role Ambiguity." In Encyclopedia of Family Studies, edited by Constance Shehan. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Carter, Michael J. and Heather Harper. Forthcoming. "Student Writing: Strategies to Reverse Ongoing Decline." Academic Questions.
Carter, Michael J. Forthcoming. "Advancing Identity Theory: Examining the Relationship between Activated Identities and Behavior in Different Social Contexts." Social Psychology Quarterly.
Carter, Michael J. Forthcoming. "The Future of the Sociology of Morality." In ASA/NSF Report from the Workshop on the Science of Morality: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches Now and in the Future, edited by Steven Hitlin and Jan E. Stets. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
Carter, Michael J. 2013. "Self-Control Theory." In Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, Second Edition. Edited by Lawrence M. Salinger. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications, Inc.
Carter, Michael J. 2013. "A Sociological Model of Societal Collapse." Comparative Sociology 12:236-254.
Carter, Michael J. 2013. "The Moral Identity and Group Affiliation." Current Research in Social Psychology 21:1-13.
Stets, Jan E. and Michael J. Carter. 2012. "A Theory of the Self for the Sociology of Morality." American Sociological Review 77:120-140.
Stets, Jan E. and Michael J. Carter. 2011. "The Moral Self: Applying Identity Theory." Social Psychology Quarterly 74:192-215.
Carter, Michael J. 2011. "Identity Theory." Pp. 303-304 in The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by G. Ritzer and J. M. Ryan. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.
Stets, Jan E., Michael J. Carter, Michael M. Harrod, Christine Cerven, and Seth Abrutyn. 2008. "The Moral Identity, Status, Moral Emotions, and the Normative Order." Pp. 227-251 in Social Structure and Emotion, edited by D. T. Robinson and J. Clay-Warner. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
Stets, Jan E. and Michael J. Carter. 2006. "The Moral Identity: A Principle Level Identity." Pp. 293-316 in Purpose, Meaning, and Action: Control Systems Theories in Sociology, edited by Kent McClelland and Thomas J. Fararo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Carter, Michael J. 2013. "Future Directions in Microsociological Theory." Presented at the New Directions in Sociological Theory session at the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings, April 26, Atlanta, GA.
Carter, Michael J. and Michael M. Harrod. 2012. “Ethnic Identity Development and Emotions.” Presented at the Sociology of Emotions session at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, March 24, San Diego, CA.
Carter, Michael J. 2011. “The Terrorist Identity.” Presented at the Radicalization: Social Myth, Social Reality or Social Distraction? session at the California Sociological Association annual meetings, November 5, Berkeley, CA.
Carter, Michael J. 2011. “Emotions and Acts of Omission.” Presented at the Emotions and Everyday Life session at the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction annual meetings, Las Vegas, NV.
Carter, Michael J. 2009. “Incorporating Identity Theory and Social Identity Theory: Identity Activation, Identity Verification, and Group Processes.” Presented at the Sociology of Emotions session at the American Sociological Association annual meetings, San Francisco, CA.
Stets, Jan E., Michael J. Carter and Jesse Fletcher. 2008. “Testing Identity Theory: Identity Discrepancies, Behaviors, and Emotions.” Presented at the Social Psychology: Identity and Social Well-Being session at the American Sociological Association annual meetings, Boston, MA.
Carter, Michael J. 2007. “Examining the Social Context in Identity Theory: A Look at Identity Activation.” Presented at the 19th Annual Group Processes Conference, New York, NY.
Carter, Michael J. and Jan E. Stets. 2007. “The Moral Self.” Presented at the Current Research in Social Psychology session at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, Oakland, CA.
Carter, Michael J. 2006. “Quixotic Quicksand: ESL Students and the Myopia of Elementary Level Pedagogical Policy.” Presented at the Inequality and Opportunity in California session at the California Sociological Association annual meetings, Riverside, CA.
Carter, Michael J. 2006. “Moral Identity, Behavior, Emotions, and Group Membership.” Presented at the Social Psychology of Meanings and Identities session at the American Sociological Association annual meetings, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Stets, Jan E., Michael J. Carter, Michael M. Harrod, Christine Cerven, and Seth Abrutyn. 2006. “Moral Identity, Normative Behavior, and Moral Emotions.” Presented at the Social Psychology, Intimacy, and Emotions session at the meetings of the International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa.
Research and Interests
Michael J. Carter's main research interests are in social psychology, specifically the areas of self and identity. His recent work examines how the moral identity influences behavior and emotions in small groups and across social contexts. He also has interests in the sociology of education and has studied various facets of contemporary elementary school pedagogy. His past work in education examined the effects of standardized testing, content standards, and scripted learning strategies on curricula, assessment, and teacher morale. In addition to teaching at CSUN, Dr. Carter has taught courses at San Diego State University and University of California, Riverside, including Statistical Analysis, Identity and Society, Social Change, Human Societies, Formal Organizations, Community, Socialization and Personality, Social Roles and Interaction, and Fear and the Media.